Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Joe Gasper recently announced the creation of www.michigan.gov/MSPtransparency, a new transparency and accountability webpage that provides people with easy access to information about the administration and operation of the MSP.
Information includes department policies, strategic plan, training requirements, recruiting and staffing numbers and use of force and traffic stop data, among other topics. Much of the information posted on the webpage was already publicly available, but the new webpage puts it all in one location for ease of access.
With the publication of this information, Gasper also announced the creation of a citizen advisory council that will assist department leadership by providing outside insight into MSP practices affecting the public. The Bridges to BLUE (Build.Listen.Unite.Engage) Citizen Advisory Council includes 10 citizen volunteers, representing various community stakeholders. They will be utilized for conducting research into best practices and for help in generating new ideas and solutions for improved community engagement.
In posting the department’s statewide traffic stop data on the new webpage, Gasper noted that while he believes that MSP members perform their jobs without regard for race, a continuing increase in the percentage of traffic stops involving African American drivers since 2017 merits further review to ensure that department policies and practices are not resulting in the disparate treatment of some motorists.