The STOP program stems from the 2017 Oregon Legislative Session, where HB 2355 was enacted and signed into law. This bill had two parts. One part changed the classification of certain drug crimes and the second part of the bill requires all Oregon Law Enforcement Agencies to collect certain data elements, including race and gender, from officer-initiated pedestrian and vehicle stops. One goal of this program was to collect data on whether police agencies in Oregon were racially profiling the subjects they stopped.
The data elements are:
The date and time of the stop.
The location of the stop.
The race, ethnicity, age, and sex of the pedestrian or operator of the motor vehicle stopped, based on the observations of the law enforcement officer responsible for reporting the stop.
The nature of, and the statuary citation for, the alleged traffic violation, or other alleged violation, that caused the stop to be made.
The disposition of the stop, including whether a warning, citation, or summons was issued, whether a search was conducted, the type of search conducted, whether anything was found as a result of the search, and whether an arrest was made.