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Stop Data Report: January -December 2020


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The full Stop Data Report for January-December 2020 is below. As you review this report, we ask readers to recognize there are limits to what questions can be answered with just this data set. In order to provide a snapshot to the public, this report is brief, but presents some major points from the comprehensive data set, publicly available on MPD’s website.  The report also highlights the research plan that was launched at MPD’s request to answer important questions and inform potential changes to police practices, and ongoing changes to policy and training to improve police service to the community.

  • The stops had a clear purpose. Almost 4 of every 5 stops resulted in enforcement action, either a ticket (55%) or an arrest (24%). The rest ended with investigation or other public safety response, such as mediating a dispute or referral to service.
  • The stops included many people traveling in or through the District. Only 31% of the vehicles stopped and issued tickets for traffic violations were registered in the District; 69% were registered in another state.
  • Most stops were resolved without any physical contact between the officer and the person stopped or his or her property. Only 15% of stops involved a protective pat down or a pre-arrest search of either a person or property.
  • MPD stops play a vital role in supporting Vision Zero and making our streets safe for all users. Fifty-five percent of all stops result in a ticket. Of these, almost one-third of the tickets were warning tickets; 13% of arrests include a charge for a criminal traffic violation.
  • MPD stops can help remove guns from our neighborhoods. Violent gun crime remains the city’s most pressing public safety problem. MPD officers were able to remove 1,605 guns—69% of all guns recovereles for d—from DC streets as a result of these stops.
  • The stops were brief. More than three out of four were resolved in about 15 minutes; 91% lasted 30 minutes or less.