As of July 1 ,2020, the Virginia Community Policing Act requires law enforcement officers to collect information from traffic stops and report that information to a statewide Community Policing Reporting Database. This new state law may result in drivers who are pulled over being asked certain demographic information.
Under the current Community Policing Act, each time a law-enforcement officer stops an Individual or Driver of a motor vehicle, such officer shall collect the following data based on the officer's observation or information provided to the officer by the Individual or Driver:
the race, ethnicity, age, gender of the person stopped, and whether the person stopped spoke English;
the reason for the stop;
the location of the stop;
whether a warning, written citation, or summons was issued or whether any person was arrested;
if a warning, written citation, or summons was issued or an arrest was made, the warning provided, violation charged, or crime charged;
whether the vehicle or any person was searched; and
whether the law-enforcement officer used physical force against any person and whether any person used physical force against any officers.
Please visit Virginia Open Data Portal to find the Community Policing Act Data Collection at the following link: