SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – The San Jose Police Department has started a new method of documenting “limited detentions,” or stops in which people are temporarily ordered to sit on a curb or in a police cruiser during an investigation, a police spokeswoman said Tuesday.
As of Sunday, officers holding people in such detentions must call in details about the stops to police dispatchers who then enter the data into the department’s computer-assisted dispatch, or CAD, system, police Sgt. Heather Randol said.
Details about the detainees, including the reason why they were stopped, their race, whether they were detained or searched and the disposition of the incident, would then be searchable in the system’s database, Randol said.
A person held in a limited detention may or may not be handcuffed.
“The goal of our limited detention policy is just to increase transparency and accountability in our Police Department and to better our relationship with the community by doing that,” Randol said.