Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

January 11, 2013

Local police departments submit racial profiling information to city, state law enforcement commission

Law designed to curb racial profiling through statistical analysis

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Police departments around the state have begun the annual process of compiling statistical racial profiling information and submitting it to both their governing cities and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.

A few of those police departments have already released their results —  which are currently on display at the TCLEOSE website, http://www.tcleose.state.tx.us/content/racial_profile_report.cfm.  

Filling officially began on Jan. 1. Other area departments have until March 1 to submit their numbers.

The Jacksonville Police Department is one of the early departments. According to those figures, 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.

The Jacksonville report also indicates the race of 363 of the 2,193 stopped was known by the officer or officers beforehand, 128 of the 2,193 cited were searched, and 62 of the 128 did not consent to the search.

Jacksonville Police Chief Reece Daniel said as far as Jacksonville is concerned, the results of the study speak for themselves.

"Every year I take the time as required by law to evaluate the racial profiling report and review any complaints of racial profiling," Daniel said in an email. "This year follows the previous six years — in that the statistics show no racial profiling and we had no formal complaints made during the year."

One local municipality that has compiled its numbers but not yet submitted them to TCLEOSE is Bullard.

The Bullard numbers 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.

The Bullard report indicates the race of 26 of those stopped was  known by the officer or officers beforehand; 144 of the 1,309 cited were searched and 87 of the 144 searched did not consent.

The information used in the report is collected by officers during the ticket process year round and entered into a database where it is compiled into the yearly report, said Bullard Police Chief Gary D. Lewis.

"All we have to do now is push the button and it gives us our tallies," Chief Lewis said Thursday.

The Bullard racial profiling report was presented to and formally accepted by the Bullard City Council on Tuesday, Chief Lewis added.

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.