PULLMAN, Wash. — WSU researchers study racial profiling for the Washington State Patrol. The Division of Governmental Studies and Services at Washington State University conducted research for the Washington State Patrol on racial profiling, an important and difficult subject in policing today. Researchers have concluded their investigation of more than two million traffic stops in Washington and will be presenting their key findings today, Thursday, June 19.

Experts who worked on the study are available for comment:

Michael Gaffney, assistant director, WSU Division of Governmental Studies and Services, is in Olympia for a 10 a.m. media briefing today (June 19) with WSP officials. His office on the Pullman campus is 509/335-4611.

WSU Researchers:
Clayton Mosher, Sociology, can be reached at his office on the WSU Vancouver campus, 360/546-9439.
Mitch Pickerill, Political Science, can be reached at his office on the Pullman campus, (509) 335-4544. His work was on the analysis on search and seizures. Pickerill is teaching two summer classes so availability is limited by teaching responsibilities.

Mike Smith, Criminal Justice, WSU Spokane, (509) 358-7711, mikesmith@wsu.edu. Smith, a nationally recognized expert on racial profiling, reviewed and provided comment on the report.