The City of Hempstead Police Department
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.
Racial Profiling: means 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. Racial profiling pertains to persons who are viewed as suspects or potential suspects of criminal behavior. The term is not relevant as it pertains to witnesses, complainants, persons needing assistance, or other citizen contacts.
Acts Constituting Racial Profiling: are acts initiating law enforcement action, such as a traffic 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 or racial or ethnic stereotypes, rather than upon the individual's behavior, information identifying the individual as having possibly engaged in criminal activity, or other lawful reasons for the law enforcement action.
"Racial Profiling" by officers is strictly prohibited by the Hempstead Police Department, and will not be tolerated. Any person who believes that a peace officer employed by the Department has engaged in racial profiling may file a complaint with the Chief of Police or any supervisor.