Racial Profiling

  • Statement on Racial Profiling

    During the 77th Texas Legislative Session, Senate Bill 1074 was successfully passed. This bill was designed to address a growing concern regarding the practice of racial profiling in the law enforcement profession. Specifically, this bill mandates that police agencies in the State of Texas shall implement a policy that complies with Section 1, Articles 2.131, 2.133 and 2.134, of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, by no later than January 1, 2002. As such, Alief ISD Police Department has instituted a policy that addresses racial profiling and provides a compliant process for those who believe they have been stopped or searched based on racial, ethnic or national origin profiling.

    Two of the fundamental rights guaranteed by the United States and Texas constitutions are equal protection under the law and freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures by government agents. The right of all persons to be treated equally and to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures must be respected. Racial profiling is an unacceptable patrol tactic and will not be condoned.

    This department supports the 77th Texas Legislature's mandate prohibiting racial profiling in Texas. Our police officers work under a departmental policy that is consistent with all state and federal laws. The policy includes provisions for citizens to contact us if they have a conflict with an Alief ISD police officer.

    The Alief ISD Police Department realizes that there will be disagreements, from time to time, with individuals that come in contact with our officers. We realize that confusion, different perceptions, or the timeliness of information could result in information that may produce different accounts of the same incident. These disagreements between citizens and officers are conducted in a positive, professional manner. The relationship between the community and our officers is based on confidence and trust. We cannot be effective without both the community and our officers working together to achieve this goal.

    Citizens feeling that they have a legitimate concern may make a formal complaint to the Alief ISD Police Department at any time by contacting any member of this department for information on the complaint process. Additional information about this process may be obtained by calling us at (281) 498-3542.

    The Alief ISD Police Department would like to know about positive police contacts. Please write the Chief of Police a letter or note to let him know about a positive contact with our officers. Chief Turner will let the officer know about your letter and a copy will be placed in the officer's personnel folder.

    We are proud of the relationship the Alief ISD Police Department shares with the community. Our longstanding goal is to provide our citizens with a safe community where all may live without fear of crime.