Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

February 25, 2013

Commissioners ready racial profiling data for submission

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

RUSK — Cherokee County Commissioners on Monday will consider approving their 2012 Annual Racial Profiling report – whatever its final tally of results might be.

This statistical racial profiling information is typically submitted to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. Filling officially began on Jan. 1, and Texas police authorities have until March 1 to submit their numbers.

The Cherokee County results were not immediately available for preliminary viewing Friday.

The information used in the report is collected by law enforcement officials during the ticket process year round and entered into a database where it is compiled into a comprehensive, yearly report.

The law regarding this data collection process went into effect on Sept. 1, 2001, at which point it became part of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.

The Jacksonville Police Department was one of the departments to submit its results early. According to the figures provided by state, 1,056 of the 2,193 citations issued by the Jacksonville Police Department in 2012 were to Caucasian offenders, 477 were African American, 10 Asian, 643 Hispanic, five Middle Eastern and two Native American.

Another local municipality that compiled numbers earlier than Cherokee County was Bullard, whose figures indicate 895 of the 1,309 citations officers issued between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of 2012 were issued to Caucasians, while 192 of those ticketed were African American, five Asian, 213 Hispanic, three Middle Eastern and one Native American.

All reports submitted to TCLEOSE originally were listed at its website, http://www.tcleose.state.tx.us/content/racial_profile_report.cfm, but were pulled in late January or early February to place on a special disk containing results from all Texas law enforcement entities — once they have all been submitted.

Cherokee County Commissioners meet at 10 a.m. Monday in the Cherokee County Courthouse.