More Paperwork for Police

December 26, 2003 -- Posted at 5:33 p.m. CST

JONESBORO--Racial based profiling is not really a problem in Craighead County, but officers here are taking mandatory training to comply with Arkansas Act 1207. The Act includes a statistically study of racial profiling during traffic stops.

Jared Bassham is a Deputy for the Craighead County Sheriff's Department and says, "every time we make a stop or initiate contact with somebody, we're going to have to fill out a sheet."

This little extra paperwork will cost officers a lot more time, both on the road and at the desk.

Sheriff Jack McCann says the new paperwork will take time to get used to.
"It's going to take a lot of time and a lot of paper, a lot for us to keep up with. creating all these files and hopefully, in the past this hasn't been that big of an issue, and hopefully it won't be in the future," said Sheriff McCann.

More than 70 police personal in Craighead County will go through the two hour training session.

But police officials say the extra paperwork will be somewhat of a hassle, but they'll just have to learn to deal with it.

"They're going to go back and if they see a crime, they're going to stop. They'll just get used to doing the paperwork," said Deputy Ron Richardson, who attended the training.

But for all of the paperwork to be done, police officials are glad they'll have a chance to show a clear public record.

"It will defiantly prove that we aren't out there strictly targeting certain races, or even certain groups of individuals, that we're strictly going by what probable cause we see," said Richardson.

Sheriff McCann says that for every traffic stop an officer makes, it could produce up to six to eight hours of paperwork.