Biased Policing – The inappropriate consideration of specified characteristics while enforcing the law or providing police services. Specified characteristics includes, but is not limited to, race, ethnic background, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, age, disability, political status, or any other legally protected characteristics.
To this end, enforcement action, including but not limited to vehicle stops, stop and frisk of an individual, arrests, searches and seizures, the application of force, and initiation of forfeiture proceedings, must be made solely on law, departmental policy, and facts that can be articulated/documented.
The basis for any and all enforcement action will be strictly based on illegal or improper activity. Initiating any action based solely on a person's race, ethnic background, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, age, disability, political status, or any other legally protected characteristics is strictly prohibited and is cause for Department disciplinary action.
Officers will receive continued training beyond the academy regarding proactive enforcement, officer safety, cultural diversity, search and seizure, courtesy, and communication skills. In keeping with the Department's mission and values, training programs will emphasize the need to respect the rights of all citizens to be free from unreasonable intrusion or police action.