Bias-Based Profiling Policy

It is the policy of the Crestview Police Department to proactively patrol, to investigate suspicious persons and circumstances and to actively enforce motor vehicle laws, while insisting that citizens will only be stopped or detained when there exists reasonable suspicion to believe they have committed, are committing or about to commit an infraction of the law.

Bias-based profiling occurs when, whether intentionally or unintentionally, an officer applies his or her own personal, societal, or organizational biases or stereotypes when making decisions or taking police action, and the ONLY reason for that decision or action is because of a person’s race, ethnicity, background, gender, sexual orientation, religion, economic status, age, culture or other personal characteristic, rather than the observed behavior of the individual or the identification of the individual as being, having been, or about to be engaged in criminal activity. Officers will not engage in the practice of bias-based profiling. Citizens are guaranteed equal protection under the law and the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures by the United States Constitution. Sworn members of the Department will carry out their enforcement responsibilities in a manner that respects these rights and upholds the dignity of all persons.

Complaints of Bias-Based Profiling:

Any person may file a complaint with the Department if they believe that they have been stopped or searched based on racial, ethnic, or gender-based profiling, and no person shall be discouraged, intimidated, or coerced from filing such a complaint, or discriminated against because they have filed such a complaint.
1. Any officer contacted by a person, who wishes to file such a complaint, shall direct that
person to the supervisor on duty or staff-duty officer in charge.
2. A supervisor receiving such a report shall consult with his/her division commander who
will forward the complaint to the appropriate division commander of the accused officer
or determine investigative responsibility if the accused officer is a member of their own
division. The investigation will be handled and documented as outlined in the Written
Directives indexed as Conduct, Disciplinary Process and Internal Affairs.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Supervisors shall:
1. Periodically review profiling complaints;
2. Periodically review a sampling of in-car and body-worn video of interactions with
citizens pursuant to the Written Directive indexed as Video Taping;
3. Review reports filed on stops by officers,
4. Respond at random to back up officers on vehicle stops; and,
5. Take appropriate action whenever it appears that this policy is being violated, being
particularly alert to any pattern or practice of possible discriminatory treatment by
individual officers or squads.

Corrective Measures/Action:

Complaints and/or articulable suspicions of bias-based profiling
will be investigated as conduct unbecoming an employee of the agency and in accordance with
the directives indexed as Conduct, Disciplinary Process and Internal Investigations to determine
validity. Corrective action for sustained allegations of a bias-based nature will be appropriately
addressed with disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from employment.

Administrative Review:

A documented annual administrative review of this directive and
agency practices, (including citizen complaints and documented concerns); involving biased
based profiling will be conducted by the Chief of Police and/or his/her designee. This review will
be inclusive of the areas of forfeitures, traffic stops and searches and seizures. Changes in written
directives and/or practices in this regard will be implemented as determined necessary by the
findings of the annual review.