Ariz. DPS tightens search rules to avoid profiling

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Department of Public Safety is implementing policy changes on vehicle searches in an effort to prevent racial profiling.

The announcement Tuesday said the changes include requiring that DPS officers have "reasonable suspicion of criminal activity" before requesting consent for a search.

Another change is that officers must document things they observed that resulted in their suspicion of criminal activity.

The changes were recommended by an advisory board that worked with the DPS and the American Civil Liberties of Arizona.

The board itself was created in 2006 as part of a settlement agreement of a lawsuit alleging racial profiling.

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