Review of Biased Free Policing 2019

Purpose 

In order to comply with the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) Standard 2.06M and the Temple Terrace Police Department General Order (GO) B-81 entitled Biased-Free Profiling, an annual review for the period of January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019 has been conducted.

Review of Agency Documents

A review of GO B-81, Biased-Free profiling, verified it contains language prohibiting bias-policing during traffic contacts, field contacts, search and seizure or in asset seizure and forfeiture efforts. The GO was reviewed and revised in December of 2017. CFA manual 5.11 updated standard 2.06M with a language change from Biased-Based Profiling to Biased Policing. GO B-81 was updated to reflect this change. A review of Authorization Memorandum E-2011-2, Biased-Based profiling, was conducted on 1/8/2020. The title of the document was changed from Biased-Based Profiling to Biased Policing to reflect the current accreditation standard (2.06M).

A review of training documents verified agency personnel are trained in biased policing issues including legal aspects in accordance with Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) guidelines. This is accomplished through a review of the GO, Authorization Memorandum, new hire training, and mandatory CJSTC training in Discriminatory Profiling and Professional Traffic Stops.

A review of GO B-81 and Authorization Memorandum E-2011-2 verified the documents included definitions for Biased Policing, Criminal Profiling, Detention and Racial Profiling. In accordance with the Commission for Florida Accreditation (CFA) standard 2.06M, these orders address the required training of agency personnel in biased policing issues. This training covers legal aspects in accordance with CJSTC guidelines including corrective measures if biased policing occurs.

Review of Complaints

Between the dates of January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019, there was no complaints regarding biased policing.

As required by CFA standard 2.06M and CJSTC guidelines, traffic stops, search and asset seizure and forfeitures were reviewed with Deputy Chief Seeley and Sergeant Kyle Smith. There were no complaints.

Review of Calls for Service

The agency’s total calls for service from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019 were 30,880. Based on the calls for service totals and the presence of no biased policing complaints, it can be concluded that the goals and objectives of the Temple Terrace Police Department General Order B-81 are being achieved as a result of current agency practices.

The Services Division Commander has confirmed that the agency is in compliance with Florida Statute 316.614, the Florida Safety Belt Usage Law, with the recording of violator race and ethnicity on seat belt citations by our officers. Additionally, the Records Manager, Sally Sanders, reports this information is being transmitted to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles quarterly as required by statute.

Review of Community Access

Community education is an integral part of the agency's biased policing awareness efforts. Citizens may access the Temple Terrace Police Departments website for community education and awareness in reference to biased policing by using a link that describes the agency's guidelines and how to file a complaint.

As required by CFA Standard 2.06M and stated in General Order B-81, the statistical summary of this review was placed on the police departments website for public viewing.