Each year prior to March 1, police departments across Texas are required to go before their city councils and present their racial profiling information from the year before.
Throughout the year independent audits are performed to ensure the department is operating at the highest standard and according to Stephenville Police Chief Jason King, that’s the case with the SPD for 2016.
On Tuesday night, King delivered the department's spotless annual report on racial profiling to the city council and announced that there were no complaints filed for possible violation of the Texas Racial Profiling Law.
That’s in keeping with what King had said in an earlier interview about the annual report: "We strive very hard to do this right and to the best of my knowledge we've never had a complaint about racial profiling in the city of Stephenville.”
As Alex del Carmen, Ph.D. of Del Carmen Consulting, LLC explained in a report to the city council: “The Texas Legislature, with the intent of addressing the issue of racial profiling enacted in 2001 the Texas Racial Profiling Law. In the 2009 legislative session, the Racial Profiling Law was modified and additional requirements are now in place. These most recent requirements have been incorporated by the Stephenville Police Department.”
A great deal of data is produced in the annual report, but perhaps the most telling is how many motor vehicle-related contacts were made during the preceding year.
The information provided by Chief King indicated that there were 1,038 motor vehicle-related contacts by the SPD between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016.
The breakdown of those contacts by race/ethnicity are as follows:
• Caucasian — 759
• African — 55
• Hispanic — 203
• Asian — 9
• Native American — 1
• Middle Eastern — 5
• Other — 6