In accordance with 77th Legislature’s mandate prohibiting racial
profiling in Texas, the Dickinson Police Department affirms its
commitment to unbiased policing in all encounters between an
officer and any person. Furthermore, the Department will take
measures to ensure behaviors and operating procedures that serve
to promote public confidence and mutual trust through the
provision of services in a fair and equitable fashion. Racial
bias policing or “Racial Profiling” is a method and behavior
that the Dickinson Police Department will not condone, nor
tolerate and has established policy and procedure to prohibit.
Profiling is a law enforcement-initiated action based on an
individual's race, ethnicity, or national origin rather than on
the individual's behavior or on information identifying the
individual as having engaged in criminal activity.
Racial profiling pertains to persons who are contacted and
viewed as suspects or potential suspects of criminal behavior.
The prohibition against racial profiling does not preclude the
use of race, ethnicity or national origin as factors in a
detention decision. Race, ethnicity or national origin may be
legitimate factors in a detention decision when used as part of
an actual description of a specific suspect for whom an officer
is searching. Detaining an individual and conducting an inquiry
into that person's activities only because of that individual's
race, ethnicity or national origin is racial profiling.
The Dickinson Police Department shall accept complaints from any
person who believes he or she has been stopped or searched based
on racial, ethnic or national origin profiling. No person shall
be coerced or discouraged from filing a complaint, nor
discriminated against because he or she filed such a complaint.
If a person has a complaint regarding a Dickinson Police
Officer's alleged racial profiling they may contact the “on
duty” supervisor by telephone at 281-337-4700, the Office
of the Chief of Police at
281-337-0476 or in person at 4000 Liggio Street, Dickinson, TX