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Biased Law Enforcement Practices

 

TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS POLICE DEPARTMENT
POLICY STATEMENT
03-01

To: All Personnel
From: Robert H. Harrison
Chief of Police
Ref: Biased Law Enforcement Practices
Date: September 9th, 2003
Revised: December 6th, 2007

I. Policy

A. It is the policy of this agency that officers base violator contacts, arrests, detentions, investigative activities, seizures and searches upon a standard of reasonable suspicion or probable cause in compliance with the United States Constitution and Arkansas Constitution.

B. Officers of this agency are prohibited from utilizing race, color, creed, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion or any other belief system as the sole factor in making a law enforcement decision.

II. Purpose

A. Members of this agency shall protect the constitutional rights of all persons, regardless of race, color, creed ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion or other belief system.

B. This policy serves to outline the agency’s commitment to unbiased law enforcement practices, clarify the circumstances in which officers may consider race or ethnicity when making enforcement decisions, and reinforce procedures that assure the public that this agency is providing service and enforcing the laws in an equitable manner.

C. This order constitutes agency policy and is not intended to enlarge the employee’s existing civil or criminal liability in any way. It shall not be construed as the creation of an additional cause of action by either the employee or any third party.

III. Procedures

A. Officer Responsibilities

1. All members of this agency, whether sworn, civilian or volunteer, shall treat every person with courtesy and respect and will conduct all law enforcement duties in a professional manner. Officers are reminded to use the Seven Step Violator Contact when practical.

2. Officers will base all enforcement and investigative activities on reasonable suspicion or probable cause. When stopping a person for violations, officers will take into account circumstances associated with each individual and shall use discretion in determining the appropriate enforcement action.

3. Mobile video recording equipment shall be used in compliance with Policy Statement 93-06.

B. Supervisor Responsibilities

1. Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that all personnel under their command fully understand and operate in compliance with this policy. In addition, supervisors should conduct periodic roll call training sessions on cultural diversity, rules of search and seizure and interpersonal communications.

2. Statistical information on all enforcement actions will be collected and available for review by command staff for investigation of complaints concerning biased practices.

3. Officers found to have engaged in biased law enforcement practices shall receive counseling, corrective training, and/or other discipline as appropriate.

C. Agency Responsibilities (Added 12/07)

1. The agency will include a copy of the current Biased Law Enforcement Practices policy in it’s annual report to the Division of Legislative Audit.

2. A current copy of the agencies Biased Law Enforcement Practices policy will be posted and available for public viewing on the Department’s website, www.txkusa.org/arkpolice. A printed copy will also be maintained in the Personnel and Training office.

This order becomes effective from date of issue and will remain in effect until cancelled by order of the Chief of Police.

     
 
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