Between January 2012 and May 2015, the Suffolk County Police Department reported making 343,900 traffic stops, 99% of which were for traffic law infractions. According to the department’s records, of the 6,846 stops resulting in a search, 97% were not consented to. People of color accounted for 41% of those stopped, compared with 30% of the county’s general population. On average, one in every 18 white residents, one in every 13 Hispanic residents, and one in every seven black residents were pulled over each year by the Suffolk County Police Department as part of a traffic stop. This is in addition to stops conducted by local police departments.
Between April 2013 and May 2015, the Suffolk County Police Department also made 9,655 intelligence debriefs (pedestrian stops). People of color accounted for 37% of those stopped, compared with 30% of the county’s general population.
The policy documents we received from the department are linked below.