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DENVER -- Police Chief Robert White announced Monday the department will launch a new program that requires officers to record the race or ethnicity of people they contact.

White said the tension between police and communities across the country makes it clear this is something Denver needs to do.

The idea is to collect information on ethnicity of people involved in traffic and pedestrian stops, and use the information to identify and correct any possible racial profiling.

The chief said the department is just beginning to design the process.

“There's a commitment to make it happen sooner rather than later, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions that need to be resolved before we unveil it,” White said.

White hopes to have the data collection up and running by the end of the year.

Community organizations say it's a great idea, but they hope White includes the community and independent parties to help design the process and analyze the data.