Racial Profiling

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Harlandale Independent School District

632 West Vestal Place

San Antonio, Texas 78221

(210) 989-4753   Fax (210) 921-4799

Michael A. Ramirez, Chief of Police

 

 

RACIAL / BIAS PROFILING

 

 
The Harlandale Independent School District Police Department has established a policy concerning the prohibition of racial profiling as set out in accordance to Texas Code of Criminal Procedures (Article 2.131, Racial Profiling Prohibited). Discrimination in any form is strictly prohibited and the department will take immediate and appropriate action to investigate allegations of discrimination. Police personnel shall report any racial profiling practices they observe.

WHAT IS RACIAL PROFILING

Racial Profiling is any law enforcement initiated action based on an individual’s race, ethnicity, or national origin, rather than the individual’s behavior or information identifying the individual as having engaged in criminal activity.

COMPLAINT PROCESS

The department shall accept complaints from any person who believes he or she has been stopped, searched, or arrested based on racial profiling. No person shall be discouraged, intimidated, or coerced from filing such a complaint, or discriminated against because he or she filed a complaint.

HOW TO MAKE A COMPLAINT

Complaints against any member of the Harlandale Independent School District Police Department are preferred to be made in person. Any method of reporting will be investigated by a department supervisor on the totality of the information received. Complaints can be filed directly at Harlandale ISD Police Department, 632 West Vestal Place, San Antonio, Texas 78221. Telephone number (210) 989-4760.

INVESTIGATIVE PROCESS

All complaints received are processed through the department’s command staff and the Chief of Police. When a complaint is received, it is reviewed by a supervisor to determine the nature of the allegation. In order to conduct a fair and complete investigation, the person making the complaint may be contacted during the investigation for additional information. The complainant will be notified of the disposition. The outcome of all complaints may be categorized as:

·       Sustained – The complaint has been found to be factual.

·       Unfounded – The complaint has been found to be filed without sufficient evidence.

·       Exonerated – No action taken against the officer.

DATA REPORTING

The Office of the Chief of Police will compile a yearly report of all incidents concerning racial profiling and shall disseminate this data as required by statue.

 

 



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