We have begun the process of sending FOIA requests to other Illinois cities about their use of stop and frisk and about data collection by their police departments. This will be the subject of a future report.
To date, we have learned that while some cities do not collect any information when an officer conducts a stop and frisk, several other Illinois cities use forms similar to Chicago’s contact cards to record this data. We have not identified any city in Illinois that records comprehensive stop and frisk data and regularly makes its data public as a means to promote transparency in policing. This indicates that the data collection problems are not just a Chicago issue, but need to be addressed statewide.