On September 1, 2001, the racial profile law became effective as found in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure beginning with Article 2.131. The law mandated law enforcement agencies to begin collecting certain data in connection to traffic or pedestrian stops beginning on January 1, 2002. Based on that data, the law mandated law enforcement agencies to submit a report to the law enforcement agencies’ governing body beginning March 1, 2003 and each year thereafter no later than March 1. Additionally, all law enforcement agencies must also submit a report to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards beginning March 1, 2011 and each year thereafter no later than March 1.
This report is submitted pursuant to Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 2.134, in part reads as follows:
(b) A law enforcement agency shall compile and analyze the information contained in each report received by the agency under Article 2.133 (reports required for traffic and pedestrian stops). Not later than March 1 of each year, each local law enforcement agency shall submit a report containing the information compiled during the previous calendar year to the governing body of each county or municipality served by the agency in a manner approved by the agency.”
(e) The commission on law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education shall develop guidelines for compiling and reporting information as required by this article.”
The Richwood Police Department makes available a statistical compilation of racial profiling data based on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements. In compliance with the aforementioned statutory requirements, and with this agency’s approval, this TCOLE data is presented in the same manner as required for this year’s annual report.
Filing a Racial Profile Compliant
Any citizen who feels like they have been targeted by a Richwood Police Officer in violation of our Racial Profile policy can file a complaint by mail, telephone, or in person. The complaint will be thoroughly investigated and reviewed by the Chief of Police. The person filing the complaint will be notified of the outcome of the investigation.
Richwood Police Department
1800 N.Brazosport Blvd
Richwood, TX 77531