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Biased-Based Profiling

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Updated: Jan. 15, 2015

What is bias-based profiling?

Bias-based profiling is the selection of individuals based solely on a trait common to a group for enforcement action. This includes, but is not limited to race, ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, religion, economic status, age, cultural group, or any other identifiable group.

What is reasonable suspicion?

Reasonable suspicion exists when there are articulable facts or circumstances which would lead a reasonable law enforcement officer, faced with the circumstances as they exist at the time, to suspect that a crime was committed, is in the process of being committed, or is about to be committed.

What is the police department’s policy regarding bias-based profiling?

It is the policy of the Port St. Lucie Police Department to treat every citizen with courtesy and respect. The Police Department is dedicated to protecting the constitutional rights of citizens regardless of race, ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, religion, economic status, age, or cultural group.

Police Officers are required to use skills developed through training, experience and knowledge in order to identify suspicious circumstances, unusual occurrences and violations of the law and act according to the situation. When there is reasonable suspicion that a crime was committed, is in the process of being committed, or is about to be committed officers shall patrol in a proactive manner.

This proactive approach aids in the detection and apprehension of criminals, maintains the safety of our streets, and protects our citizens and community from crime.

Employees of the Port Saint Lucie police Department shall not, directly or indirectly, participate in bias-based profiling. Any contact, stop, detention, or search based solely on bias-based profiling is prohibited and will not be tolerated.

Proactive Policing

Proactive Policing is the practice of deterring crime and criminal activity by showing police presence and engaging the public in order to learn their concerns. In contrast, responding to a complaint after a crime has been committed is considered reactive policing. Proactive policing is part of the community policing approach to problem solving.

Patrol personnel are the most fundamental problem solving and crime reduction resource, and it s imperative that they are engaged in the entire process. Officers are to be aware of problems occurring in their patrol zones, as well as the surrounding zones, and be engaged in solving those problems.

When officers identify areas that generate repeat calls for service, problem-solving efforts can be initiated. Officers may increase the time spent on proactive policing in those areas, such as directed patrols, field interviews, traffic stops, contacts with known offenders, contacts with potential victims, etc. This type of proactive policing reduces criminal activity, thereby reducing the number of repeat calls for service.

The Port Saint Lucie Police Department is committed to improving the quality of life in the community by providing quality services and emphasizing fair treatment.

More Information

For more information or to report a complaint of bias-based profiling, contact Professional Standards Division at (772) 871-5106.

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