Policy updated: March 2016
Collection of Complainant Demographic Information
IPR collects from each complainant their date of birth and/or age, gender, and racial and/or ethnic identity. The purpose of collecting this demographic data is to identify trends in complaints and inform analysis of the type and origins of complaints. Our office strives to identify and address issues of equitable access and treatment, in support of City-wide equity efforts. IPR recognizes that complainants may feel hesitant to provide personal information, and recognizes that race is a socially constructed concept without a biological basis. For the purposes of tracking and addressing equity issues in police oversight, however, IPR collects demographic data including race.
IPR Investigators will request a date of birth or age, and will ask complainants to self-identify their gender and racial and/or ethnic identity. IPR Investigators will faithfully record the identity in the words used by the complainant. If a complainant self-identifies as transgender - or provides information about sexual orientation, houselessness, or other status protected under city, state, or federal law - IPR will also record that information for the purposes of the complaint investigation.
IPR Investigators will request demographic information from complainants during initial intake interviews, or as soon as practicable during the investigation. If a complainant declines to provide demographic information, the complaint can still proceed. IPR Investigators will, however, attempt to emphasize the importance of demographic data for informing systemic analysis and systemic change, with the goal of increasing the number of complainants who provide this information.