During the 77th Texas Legislative Session, Senate Bill 1074 was successfully passed. This bill was designed to address a growing concern regarding the practice of racial profiling in the law enforcement profession. Specifically, this bill mandates that police agencies in the State of Texas shall implement a policy that complies with Section 1, Articles 2.131, 2.133, and 2.134, of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, by no later than January 1, 2002. As such, the Iowa Colony Police Department has instituted a policy that addresses racial profiling and provides a complaint/compliment process for those who believe they have been stopped or searched based on racial, ethnic, or national origin profiling.
Two of the fundamental rights guaranteed by 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. Racial profiling is an unacceptable patrol tactic and will not be condoned.
It is the practice of the Iowa Colony Police Department to police in a proactive and responsible manner and to enforce state and federal laws without regard to race, ethnicity, or national origin. All Iowa Colony Police Department police officers are expected to conduct themselves in a dignified and respectful manner when dealing with the public.
The Internal Affairs Division will NOT investigate any complaint regarding the validity of a traffic citation or appropriateness of any charges filed in connection with a police investigation. The appropriate venue to dispute tickets/charges is the court of record.
Compliments or complaints should be directed to the following channels:
Chief of Police Aaron I. Bell at 832-210-4166
Iowa Colony Police Department
Attn: Chief Aaron I. Bell
12003 Iowa Colony Blvd
Iowa Colony, TX 77583
All complaints will be investigated in a thorough and timely manner.
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