Press Release From Senator Lena Taylor



FINANCE COMMITTEE APPROVES $913,000 FOR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT

Taylor applauds approval, over 1.65 million available for in-squad computer TraCS software

(MADISON) The Joint Finance Committee today approved $913,000 for a grant program through the Office of Justice Assistance to provide for in-squad software to operate the Badger Traffic and Criminal Software (TraCS) program. The program allows a law enforcement agency to immediately enter data from traffic stops and searches into the Wisconsin Justice Information Sharing (WIJIS) program. Senator Lena C. Taylor (D-Milwaukee) applauded the committee’s approval, citing it as the last key vote on implementing traffic stop data collection.

“In this last action in a series of many, the finance committee has made available over 1.65 million dollars to local law enforcement agencies to speed use of the Badger TraCS software,” Taylor noted. “With this software, the data that is required to be collected at every traffic stop can be immediately entered along with the citation, reducing labor time and improving efficiency. I look forward to seeing more agencies join in this collaboration.”

In addition to the $913,000 approved the committee, federal funds for the same program are being prepared for distribution by the Department of Transportation, bringing the total to just 1.65 million dollars. The approval by the committee indicates a priority list of different agencies across the state that meet certain criteria. In all, there are 21 county sheriff departments indentified by OJA that meet these criteria.

“Every corner of Wisconsin will be touched by this grant program,” Taylor concluded. “Law enforcement will begin the collection of racial profiling data on January 1, and the state is helping to foot the bill for these agencies. With effective partnering between the Legislature, OJA, DOJ, DOT, and local law enforcement, this program will be a success.”

Taylor advocated for and authored the move to collect statewide traffic stop data in the 2009-11 state budget bill and served on the advisory council to draft the administrative rules for the program.

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One thought on “Press Release From Senator Lena Taylor

  1. This could possibly be a good thing if Black politicians and those in law use it to fight the profiling of Black people. Another thing that needs to be looked into is the night parking fiasco. Why anyone would have to pay to park in front of their homes has always baffled me. But they do it here in Milwaukee and our politicians go for it. I guess Milwaukeeans are satisfied with being over-taxed and constantly paying fees for everything. Do we think those payday loan sharks are gone? Even after it has been proven the tactics they use? NO They are alive and well and the people are blamed for using them, not the practices they use to bilk people who need a quick loan to pay a bill or something. Can I say 35% interest in some cases? But no one who we elect is doing anything about that from what I can see. They are still in operation…..FULL TIME.

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