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Impartial Policing


The Reno Police Department does not condone the racial profiling of any group by sworn personnel and prohibits any policy, procedure, or practice that constitutes racial profiling, or any activity that results in racial profiling of any group in the population for the purposes of traffic stops or investigations.

Investigative detentions, traffic stops, arrests, searches and property seizures by officers will be based on a standard of reasonable suspicion or probable cause in accordance with the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The Reno Police Department continuously evaluates the best ways to address this issue. Research and input from experts in the field of racial profiling led us to employ the "Point to Point" bench-marking methodology. It has proven valid in several states and federal courts and has been deemed by many experts to be the most practical method of bench-marking to date.

The City of Reno contracted with Dr. John Lamberth of Lamberth Consulting, and Dr. Eric Herzik of the University of Nevada at Reno, to conduct analyses of traffic and pedestrian stops. The researchers analyzed traffic stop data collected from January 1, 2004, until December 31, 2004, and pedestrian stop data collected from July 1, 2004, until June 30, 2005.

Furthermore, Dr. Herzik and Dr. Lamberth were hired to study the demographic breakdown of Reno's annual Hot August Nights (H.A.N.) event and police behavior.  The 2003 H.A.N. study found that, "there is no evidence that arrests based on ethnicity or race differ in any significant or substantial way from the expected levels based upon crowd characteristics."

In the 2004 H.A.N. study, Dr. Herzik found a quieter event than H.A.N. 2003.  The 2004 study concluded that "There is no evidence of biased policing by the RPD linked to race, ethnicity, or age in the pedestrian arrests recorded during H.A.N. 2004."  Both the 2003 and 2004 Hot August Nights Demographic Studies can be obtained by contacting Dr. Eric Herzik at the University of Nevada at Reno or by contacting the Reno Police Department.

The Reno Police Department believes that a continuous and open dialogue with the community is essential in our continued efforts in combating racially-biased policing and we will continue to search for the best practices in order to remain on the leading of this issue.

If you feel that any member of the Reno Police Department has unfairly targeted you, please contact Internal Affairs at 334-2106 or email

Traffic Stops: What To Do If You're Stopped By a Law Enforcement Officer

Paradas de Trafico: Que Hacer Si Usted Esta Parado Por un Oficial de la Ley

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