Anna ISD Police Department Racial Profiling Statement and Policy:
On September 1, 2001, a new law prohibiting racial profiling went into effect in Texas. Article 3.05 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure defines racial profiling as "a law enforcement-initiated action based on the individual's race, ethnicity, or national origin rather than on the individual's behavior or on information identifying the individual as having engaged in criminal activity".
The Anna ISD Police Department, and State law, strictly prohibits officers from engaging in racial profiling. Each of our officers has received training concerning the racial profiling law and is provided with a copy of our departmental policy pertaining to racial profiling.
Complaints alleging racial profiling with respect to an individual may be filed with the Anna ISD Administration, Attn: Superintendent, 501 South Sherley, Anna, Texas 75409. A complaint should be submitted in writing and in a timely manner after the incident so that the incident can receive prompt attention. Once the complaint is received, the Superintendent will initiate an investigation into the matter.
I. POLICY STATEMENT
It is the policy of the Anna ISD Police Department to give equal treatment, under the law, to all people, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, politics, national origin, lifestyle, or similar characteristics. The officers of the Anna ISD Police Department will only stop or detain citizens when reasonable suspicion or probable cause exists to believe they have committed, are committing, or are about to commit a violation of the law, or for other lawful purposes. Officers of the Anna ISD Police Department are strictly prohibited from initiating any action that constitutes racial or biased-based profiling.
The purpose of this document is to give practical meaning to the Department Policy by establishing procedures to ensure that racial profiling, or other bias-based profiling, is not found in the practices of the Department.
A. Race or Ethnicity: Of a particular descent, including Caucasian, African, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or Middle Eastern.
B. Bias-based Profiling: The detention, interdiction, search, or seizure of any person based solely upon the person’s age, gender, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, or similar personal characteristic.
C. Racial Profiling: A law enforcement-initiated action based on an individual’s race, ethnicity, or national origin rather than on the individual’s behavior or on information identifying the individual as having engaged in criminal activity.
D. Reasonable Suspicion: Specific facts and circumstances, and reasonable inferences from those facts and circumstances that would lead a person of reasonable prudence to believe that some type of criminal activity is afoot, and the detainee are somehow involved.
E. Motor Vehicle Stop: An occasion in which a peace officer stops a motor vehicle for an alleged violation of a law or ordinance.
F. Detention: Any restriction upon a person's liberty imposed by a peace officer.
G. Seizure: Any taking of property from an individual without the individual's consent or any restriction of an individual's liberty without the individual's consent. A detention will be considered a seizure, as will an arrest.
H. Acts Constituting Racial Profiling: Acts initiating law enforcement action, such as a motor vehicle stop, a detention, a search, issuance of a citation, or an arrest based solely upon an individual’s race, ethnicity, or national origin, or on the basis of racial or ethnic stereotypes, rather than upon the individual’s behavior.
A. Public Information
The Department will inform the public of its policy against racial profiling and the process by which a citizen may make a complaint against a department employee. Initially the public will be informed through the news media, with additional efforts to educate the public about the policy and the complaint process made during presentations to civic groups, and by including information on the Anna ISD Police Department Internet site and in the Department lobby.
B. Stops / Detentions
In the absence of specific facts that establish, at a minimum, reasonable suspicion to believe that an individual is involved in criminal activity, a person’s gender, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, or similar personal characteristic, or any combination of these, shall not be the sole factor in determining probable cause for an arrest or reasonable suspicion for a motor vehicle stop.
D. Data Collection
1. Officers are required to collect information relating to all motor vehicle stops in which an arrest is made or a citation is issued documenting the following required data:
a. The race or ethnicity of the individual detained,
b. Whether or not a search was conducted,
c. Whether or not the search was conducted by consent, and
d. Whether the officer knew the race or ethnicity of the individual detained before detaining that individual.
E. Motor Vehicle Recording (MVR) Equipment.
Anna ISD Police Department does not record with body cameras or vehicle recordings.
1. A vendor will be contracted by the Chief of Police and will conduct a comparative analysis of the collected data with the following guidelines:
a. The analysis will be based on a calendar year;
b. The summary reports of the analysis will be submitted to the Chief of Police. The report must include:
1) A determination of the prevalence of racial profiling;
2) An examination of the disposition of motor vehicle stops, including searches resulting from the stops; and
3) Information relating to each complaint within the department alleging racial profiling.
4) The report may not include identifying information about an officer or about the person stopped, or arrested.
2. The Chief of Police shall submit an annual report concerning citation and arrest data collected in the preceding year to the Superintendent.
3. The Chief of Police shall submit an annual report of the information collected to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.
G. Complaint Process
1. Any individual who believes that a peace officer employed by this Department has engaged in racial profiling with respect to the individual, may file a complaint with any supervisor of the Department.
2. In accordance with Article 2.132(f) of the Code of Criminal Procedures, a member who is the subject of a racial profiling complaint will be provided a copy of the recording of the motor vehicle stop in question, upon written request by the officer.
3. The complaint will be received, processed, investigated, and adjudicated in accordance with the Anna ISD Police Department’s Administrative Investigations policy.
4. When a citizen lodges a complaint against a member of the Anna ISD Police Department, the complaint must be directed to the Superintendent, 501 South Sherley, Anna, Texas 75409. Under Texas law the complaint must be in writing and signed by the person making the complaint. The Superintendent's duty is to review and thoroughly investigate the complaint. Complaints that are not properly submitted will not be formally investigated.