The study, published in peer-reviewed journal Nature Human Behaviour, analyzed hundreds of millions of traffic stop records throughout the country with the goal of helping researchers and policymakers investigate and improve interactions between the police and the public.
“Our team contacted over 100 police departments and processed and released over 20 million traffic stop records, in addition to the more than 150 million state-level traffic stop records that were also simultaneously released,” said Shroff. “It was a challenging task, but we hope the public release of this extensive dataset and analysis will provide new insight into the nature of law enforcement interactions with the public.”
Jemar Bather is a biostatistics doctoral student and a HIV/AIDS Training Grant Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. After earning a master’s degree from NYU Steinhardt’s Program in Applied Statistics for Social Science Research, he served as a research assistant in the Department of Biostatistics at the NYU College of Global Public Health, where he built statistical models to address health disparities in breast cancer, obesity, health literacy, and patient decision-making.