The Saint Paul Police Department is committed to transparency. Each year, traffic stop data is released to the public. It explains who is stopped, where the stops are occurring and why officers are making the stops.
2022 Data: At a glance
- Officers made 12,903 traffic stops
- 11,751 traffic stops were made for moving violations
- 423 traffic stops were made for equipment violations
- 714 investigative traffic stops were made
- 14 traffic stops were the result of 911 calls
- 1 stop was made for other reasons
Traffic stops: An important public safety tool
- Most traffic stops occur in areas of the city that have the highest number of 911 calls received
- Most traffic stops occur in neighborhoods experiencing the highest levels of violent crime
- Officers are most likely to issue citations for behavior that leads to crashes, injuries and death
- Traffic stops help officers take illegally possessed guns off the streets—in 2022, 61 firearms were recovered during traffic stops
Where Traffic Stops Occur: Keeping streets and neighborhoods safe
The 2022 data show that officers make most traffic stops in neighborhoods experiencing higher levels of serious crime and where community members have shared concerns about speeding, distracted driving and other dangerous behaviors. Our community has made clear that they want and need officers in these neighborhoods, deterring crime, helping victims, taking guns off the streets.
The following maps show that most traffic stops occur in these areas of the city—where officers are responding to reports of shots fired, carjackings, and helping gunshot wound victims.