Illegal Racial Profiling Defined
Unequal treatment of any person, including stopping, questioning, detention, or arrest on the basis of their racial or ethnic characteristics, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.
A. Racial and ethnic profiling are totally unacceptable patrol tactics and will not be condoned. The department will utilize various management tools to ensure that racial/ethnic characteristics are not being used in traffic enforcement.
B. Officers are prohibited from stopping, detaining, searching or arresting anyone on the basis of illegal profiling. Officers shall make traffic stops and conduct field interviews only on the basis of reasonable suspicion, and shall make arrests only on the basis of probable cause.
C. This policy shall not preclude officers from stopping a person to offer assistance, such as upon observing a substance leaking from the vehicle, a flat tire, or someone who appears to be ill, lost, or confused. This policy does not prohibit stopping someone suspected of a crime based on a description that includes one or more of those identified attributes, or considering a person’s apparent age when investigating curfew or liquor law violations.