About the Advisory Board
In 2012, the Connecticut General Assembly established the Racial Profiling Prohibition Project Advisory Board (Connecticut General Statute 54-1s). The advisory board was established for the purpose of advising the Office of Policy and Management with respect to the adoption and standardized methods and guidelines pursuant to Connecticut General Statute 54-1m. The advisory board has been meeting since May 2012 on a monthly basis to oversee the requirements of the Alvin W. Penn law. All meetings are open to the public.
Four working groups were established to advise the advisory board on the various aspects of the project. Those groups include:
- Data and Systems Work Group: assists the advisory board in shaping the system for collection and analysis of traffic stop records on an annual basis. Some of its activities include determining what information should be collected, how the information is reported to the state, and the best methods for analyzing that information.
- Public Awareness Work Group: assists the advisory board in aspects of the project that relate to informing the public of the law and results from the annual analysis. The work group helps to coordinate public awareness and outreach efforts and works to ensure that all data and analysis are accessible to the public.
- Training Work Group: assists the advisory board in aspects of the project that relate to training police agencies in the collections of traffic stop data. The work group also works to identify and implement quality bias-based policing programs for police officers.
- Policy Work Group: assists the advisory board in reviewing any proposed legislation related to the Alvin W. Penn law and makes recommendations regarding the boards position. The work group also reviews policy recommendations that address racial disparities in traffic stops.
Advisory Board Members
William Dyson, Advisory Board Chair
Marc Pelka, Under Secretary, Office of Policy Management
Chief L.J. Fusaro, Connecticut Police Chiefs Association
Chief Neil Dryfe, Connecticut Police Chiefs Association
James Rovella, Commissioner, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Michael Gailor, Chief State’s Attorney Office
Rashad Glass, Office of the Chief Public Defender
Tanya Hughes, Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
Tamara Lanier, Connecticut National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Aaron Swanson, Department of Transportation
Joseph Cristalli, Department of Transportation
Andrew Clark, Central Connecticut State University
Cheryl Sharp, Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
Senator Gary Winfield, Connecticut General Assembly
David McGuire, American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut
Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D., Community Member
Stacey Manware, Judicial Branch, Centralized Infraction Bureau
Colonel George Battle, Connecticut State Police
Lt. Marc Petruzzi, Connecticut State Police
Steven Hernandez, Commission on Equity and Opportunity
Steve Ginsburg, Connecticut ADL