Are You A Victim of Racial Profiling?

While there are numerous definitions of Racial Profiling, there are common elements in each. Any police-initiated action that relies on the race, ethnicity, or national origin as the key factor of contact rather than information regarding a person or the behavior of that person, can be construed as Racial Profiling.  It can be seen as any pattern or practice, including but not limited to stopping, detaining, frisking and searching, by deputies that is based upon a general belief that a person of a particular race, ethnicity or national origin is more likely to commit certain types of crimes.

Racial Profiling has the potential to undermine community trust of the police.

The stance taken by the State of Texas to combat Racial Profiling is clear and concise. Article 2.131 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure states, “A peace officer may not engage in racial profiling”.

My office serves a precinct that is proud of its diversity. In order to maintain the trust necessary to effectively serve the community, I hold my deputies to the highest standards of accountability.

Law enforcement actions must be based upon credible information known to the deputy, which leads him/her to believe that an individual is, has been, or is about to be engaged in activity which is in violation of the law.  Any other motivation for such action is strictly prohibited.

If you feel you have been the victim of Racial Profiling, you may file a complaint by contacting the telephone numbers provided below.

Contact Administration:

Hours of Operation, Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM

Request to Speak with a Supervisor

Contact Internal Affairs Division:

Hours of Operation, Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM

Request to Speak with an Investigator

You may find yourself forwarded to a telephone message system.  If this is the case, the person with whom you need to speak may not be immediately available.  In this instance, leave a message that includes your name and contact information and you will be called upon receipt of your message.

If you have any suggestions to help us develop a more progressive policy concerning racial profiling, please contact us at the phone numbers provided above or send us a message below.