Racial Profiling or Bias Based Profiling is defined as initiating law enforcement action with an individual solely based on race, ethnicity or national origin rather than behavior or information that would lead one to believe that the individual may be involved in a crime.
The prohibition against racial profiling does not prevent legitimate law enforcement activity based on observed actions and/or information regardless of race, ethnicity of national origin. However, bias based profiling is not an acceptable police tactic and will not be tolerated.
Allegations that a Killeen Police Officer has used bias based profiling are investigated by the Department's Internal Affairs Unit. Department policy prohibits anyone from being discouraged, intimidated or coerced from filing a complaint, nor discriminated against because they filed a complaint. The penalties for an officer found to have used racial profiling range from a reprimand to termination.
The Police Department has mandated the use of mobile video and audio recording equipment for all police vehicles that are regularly used for traffic and pedestrian stops. The department requires the videotapes to be archived for 90 days. These tapes are randomly reviewed by command staff to ensure that officers are complying with department policies. In addition, all Killeen Police Officers are required to attend Bias Based Profiling classes.
The Department collects statistical information from citations and arrests regarding bias based profiling. This information is then compiled in an annual report to the Killeen City Council.
Questions or complaints about bias based profiling can be directed to the Internal Affairs Unit at 254-501-8973.
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