Governor Matt Blunt is withholding state money from several local law enforcement agencies that have failed to comply with Missouri law requiring reporting of racial profiling data. The money is from the Peace Officer Standards and Training funds for local police forces. The Governor has a right to withhold these funds from any department that has failed to file the required information with the Attorney Genral’s Office. Nine departments are being denied a total of $3,909. The funds were kept from 18 law enforcement agencies last year. State law requires departments to report such things as the age, sex, race of driver, and the reason for a stop, each time time a vehicle is pulled over. The information is used to prepare an annual report on racial profiling.
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