About Racial Profiling
Racial profiling is defined as a law enforcement initiated action based on an individual’s race, ethnicity, or national origin, rather than on the individual’s behavior or on information identifying the individual as having engaged in criminal activity. The prohibition against racial profiling does not prevent legitimate law enforcement activity based on observed action and/or information regardless of race, ethnicity or national origin. However, racial profiling is not an acceptable police tactic and will not be tolerated.
Assistant Chief of Police Sammy Bailey investigates allegations that a Lampasas Police Officer has used racial profiling. Assistant Chief Bailey then presents the complaint and her investigative findings in writing to Chief of Police Timothy S. Angermann. Department Policy prohibits anyone from being discouraged, intimidated or coerced from filing a complaint, and/or discriminated against because they filed a complaint. The penalties for an officer found to have used racial profiling range from reprimand to termination.
Recording Equipment & Statistics
The Lampasas Police Department has mandated the use of mobile video and audio recording equipment for all police vehicles that are regularly used for traffic and pedestrian stops. The department requires videotapes to be archived for at least 90 days. Command staff randomly reviews these tapes to ensure that officers are complying with department policies. In addition, all Lampasas Police Department Officers are required to attend Racial Profiling classes.
The Lampasas Police Department collects statistical information from citations, warnings, field contacts, and arrest regarding racial profiling. This information is then compiled in an annual report to the Lampasas City Council.
Questions or complaints about racial profiling can be directed to Chief of Police Timothy S. Angermann and/or Assistant Chief of Police Sammy Bailey at 512-556-3645.