Bias Based Profiling Information

 

Policy Statement

It is the policy of this department to police in a proactive manner and to aggressively investigate suspected violations of law. Officers shall actively enforce state and federal laws in a responsible and professional manner without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin or any other bias.

Officers shall conduct themselves in a dignified and respectful manner at all times when dealing with the public. Two of the fundamental rights guaranteed by both the United States and Texas constitutions are equal protection under the law and freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures by government agents. The right of all persons to be treated equally and to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures must be respected. Bias-based profiling is an unacceptable patrol tactic and will not be condoned.

This policy shall not preclude officers from offering assistance to persons, nor does this policy prohibit stopping someone suspected of a crime based upon observed actions and/or information received about the person.

Purpose

The purpose of the policy is to reaffirm the Midland College Police Department's commitment to unbiased policing in all its encounters between officers and any person; to reinforce procedures that serve to ensure public confidence and mutual trust through the provision of services in a fair and equitable fashion; and to protect our officers from unwarranted accusations of misconduct when they act within the dictates of departmental policy and the law.

 

Complaints against Officers

When a citizen lodges a complaint against a member of the Midland College Police Department, goes to the Chief of Police for review and investigation.. This office is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  If the office is closed, you may lodge a complaint with any officer of the department.  Once received, the complaint will be investigated.

Texas law requires that all complaints against police officers must be in writing and signed by the person making the complaint. Just as citizens who are arrested must be notified of the charges against them, police officers must be given a copy of the complaint before any disciplinary action may be taken.

Complaints must be made within 30 days of the incident complained about, except in special cases (such as criminal misconduct or when good cause can be shown by the person making the complaint).  Complaints must be made by the person aggrieved (wronged).  Other persons may give statements as witnesses but may not file a complaint on behalf of someone else.

 

FALSE COMPLAINTS
On occasion, individuals make false complaints against police officers and civilian employees. Citizens are cautioned that this act is a violation of the Texas Law.  Section 37.02 of the Texas Penal Code  provides punishment for an individual adjudged guilty of committing an offense if, with intent to deceive and with knowledge of the statements meaning:


He makes a false statement under oath or swears to the truth of a false statement previously made: and the statement is required or authorized by law to be made under oath.

A person convicted under this Section can be punished by: 
        1. a fine not to exceed $4000.00. 
        2. confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year; or 
        3. both such fine and confinement.

This information is not intended to intimidate the citizens or prevent valid complaints. It is intended to prevent false complaints against officers.