Racial Profiling

1. Purpose

To establish procedural guidelines for the prevention of racial profiling in the Police Department of the Pleasanton Independent School District; and to protect our officers from unwarranted accusations of misconduct when they act within the dictates of the law.

2. Policy Statement

The Pleasanton Independent school District police Department prohibits racial profiling. No Pleasanton ISD Police Officer shall use racial profiling as the basis of a stop or detention.

3. Definitions

a. The term racial profiling means a law enforcement encounter initiated primarily on the basis of race, descent, ethnicity, economic status, religion, gender, sexual orientation or national origin rather than on the individuals behavior or on information identifying the individual as having engaged in criminal

b. Race or ethnicity means a person of a particular descent, including Caucasian, African, Hispanic, Asian, or Native

c. The term articulable suspicion includes probable cause or reasonable suspicion that on offense has been committed, is being committed, or is about to be committed by a specific person(s).

4. Policy

a. Racial profiling prohibited

  1. Pleasanton ISD Police officers are absolutely prohibited in the utilization of race, descent, ethnicity, economic status, religion, gender, or sexual orientation of a motorist or offender as an element in the stop or detention of any person.

    • Pleasanton ISD Police Officers must demonstrate probable cause for the detention of any person. 

b. Complaint process

5. Individuals who believe that the department or one of its officers has violated this policy may file a complaint to any officer, including the one who made the stop or

a. The officer to whom the complaint is made will record the name, address, and phone number of the person making the complaint, and report this information to a supervisor prior to the end of the

b. In order for a complaint against a District Peace Officer to be considered by the head of the District Police Department, the complaint must be in writing and signed by the person who is making the

c. The information from the compliant shall be forwarded to the Officer designated to investigate Internal Affairs

d. A copy of the complaint shall be given to the officer within 10 business days after it is

e. The complaint should be submitted to the Chief of Police, who will respond within 10 business days of his receipt of the complaint, unless circumstances require more time to investigate, in which case the Chief of Police will notify the complainant of the date on which he or she will

f. The Chief may schedule a meeting with the complainant and/or with any officer involved, in order to discuss the

g. Upon completing his investigation of the complaint, the Chief shall issue a decision of the matter, and, if appropriate, take appropriate action against any officer found to be in violation of this

h. No person shall be discouraged, intimidated, or coerced from filing such a complaint, or discriminated against because they have filed such a

i. Collection of Information and reports

1. The department shall collect information relating to traffic stops in which a citation is used and relating to arrests that results from those traffic stops, the information shall include:

 a. The race or ethnicity of the individual detained; and

 b. Whether a search was conducted, and, if so, whether the person detained consented to the search.

2. The Department shall have available an annual report of this information to the Pleasanton Board of Trustees.  This report will be available not later than March 1, of each year and must contain the information compiled during the previous calendar year. This report shall include:

a. A comparative analysis of the information compiled to:

1. Determine the prevalence of racial profiling by peace officers employed by the agency; and

2. Examine the disposition of traffic and pedestrian stops made by each officer employed by the department, including searches that result from the stops; and

 b. Information relating to each complaint filed with the Department alleging that one of its peace officers has engaged in racial

The report may not contain identifying information about a peace officer who makes a traffic or pedestrian stop or about an individual who is stopped or arrested by a peace officer.