This Racial Profiling Policy is adopted in compliance with the requirements of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, which prohibits Texas peace officers from engaging in racial profiling.
Definition of Racial Profiling
Racial profiling means a law enforcement-initiated action is based on a person's race, ethnicity or national origin rather than on a person's behavior or on information identifying the individual as having engaged in criminal behavior. The term is not relevant as it pertains to witnesses, complainants, persons needing assistance or other citizen contacts.
Acts Constituting Racial Profiling
Acts that constitute racial profiling are those that initiate law enforcement action, such as a traffic stop, detention, a search, issuance of a citation or an arrest based solely upon a person's race, ethnicity or national origin or on the basis of racial or ethnic stereotypes.
Law enforcement action should be based upon a person's behavior, information identifying the individual as having possibly engaged in criminal activity or other lawful reasons for the law enforcement action.