Dublin Police Chief Shawn Fullagar presented the city council with the department's annual racial profiling report Monday.
"This report covers all police interactions with residents including stops and responses to requests for service or information," Fullagar said.
He said everything was in the report and "all seems to be on point according to our population" before offering to answer any questions from the council.
The annual report dates back to 2002 when the state passed a law requiring law enforcement agencies to comply with requests for information on stops and other interactions. It's done in accordance with the Texas Racial Profiling Law and is a collection of law enforcement contact data that helps state officials regarding possible racial profiling practices, Fullagar said.
The report included all public contact with Dublin police officers from Jan. 1, 2013 - Dec. 31, 2013, and was compared to the Department of Public Safety data on motorists residing in Erath County.
"The report clearly defines acts that constitute racial profiling, the laws strictly prohibiting peace officers employed by the agency from engaging in racial profiling, the process by which an individual can file a complaint against an officer or officers, the public education required to prevent such instances and the appropriate corrective action taken against an officer or officers found in violation of such laws," Fullagar's report stated. "No DPD officer was found to have violated any of the racial profiling laws laid out by the state in our report."
Of the 1,064 contacts with the public, 21 were African-American, 11 Asian, 798 were Caucasian, 215 Hispanic, 17 were Middle Eastern and two were Native American. Subject information in the report came from driver's license information from the Texas Department of Public Safety and is based on the contact reports filed by deputies. During 2013, the Dublin Police Department had zero complaints filed for possible racial profiling law violations.
Fullagar said his department provides racial sensitivity training that exceeds requirements from TCLEOSE and has issued special policies on racial profiling.
He added the report would need to include far more information if the officers didn't have dash cameras to record every stop and interaction on an average shift. This is one of the many reasons Fullagar said he hopes to keep the agency up to date on video and audio recording technology.
"We want to have every possible resource available to our officers when they are interacting with the public to protect them as well as those they are interacting with," Fullagar said.
With that in mind, Fullagar also presented the council with information on a grant he plans to apply for that will give the department $10,000 worth of audio and video recording equipment for its interrogation room.
The council gave Fullagar the green light to submit the application.