Biased Based Policing Statement

Maintenance of public trust and confidence in the police is critical to effective policing and is achieved largely through fair and equitable treatment of the public. This is a basic requirement of law enforcement and the right of all persons in our society. All persons having contact with members of this Department shall be treated in a non-partisan, fair, equitable and objective manner, in accordance with law, and without consideration of their race, color, ethnicity, creed, age, gender, and sexual orientation, national origin, socio-economic standing or other individual characteristics or distinctions.

Bias Based Policing also referred to in some instances as (illegal) profiling refers to a decision by an officer to stop, detain, or search an individual based solely on the race, color, ethnicity, creed, age, gender, and sexual orientations, national origin, socio-economics standing or individual characteristics or distinctions. The Department prohibits Biased-Based Policing/ illegal profiling as a law enforcement tactic and will not tolerate or condone its use by any Member.

However, criminal profiling is legitimate law enforcement tool. It is an investigative method on which an Officer through observation of activities and environment, identifies suspicious behavior by individuals and develops a legal basis, consistent with the Fourth Amendment, to detain and question.

Any person may file a complaint with the Department if they feel they have been stopped or searched based on illegal profiling/Bias-Based Policing. No person shall be discouraged, intimidated or coerced from filing such a complaint.