Racial Profiling

Racial Profiling 

In accordance with Senate Bill 1074 and the 77th Legislature’s mandate prohibiting racial profiling in Texas, the Nassau Bay Police Department affirms its commitment to unbiased policing in all encounters between an officer and any citizen or individual. The Department has developed internal and guidance policies and procedures defining acts constituting racial profiling and strictly prohibiting officers from engaging in such activity. The Department understands that public trust and confidence begins with our actions, behaviors and operating procedures. Racial bias policing or "Racial Profiling" is a method and behavior that the Nassau Bay Police Department will not condone, nor tolerate. 

Click here to view the Nassau Bay Police Department’s 2021 Racial Profiling Report [pdf].

Definition: Racial 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 Nassau Bay 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 Nassau Bay Police Officer’s alleged racial profiling they may contact the police department supervisor by telephone 281-333-2212 or in person at 1800 Space Park Drive, Suite 200 Nassau Bay, Tx 77058.