The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights concluded today that the New York Police Department improperly uses racial profiling and that blacks and Hispanics have been stopped and questioned far out of proportion to their representation in a given community. While many cities have adopted community policing practices which minimize racial tensions, the commission found that the NYPD’s training program actually reinforces racial stereotypes. The commission also questions the department’s training and recruitment of black and Hispanic officers. The Feminist Majority Foundations’ National Center for Women and Policing works to achieve community policing and to increase the number of women and minorities in law enforcement agencies. For more information, please visit http://www.feminist.org/police/ncwp.html.