The Officers are required to actively enforce state and federal laws in a responsible and professional manner, without regard to race, ethnicity or national origin. Officers are strictly prohibited from engaging in racial profiling.
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What is Racial Profiling?
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.
If you feel that you have been unlawfully charged with a criminal violation due to your race, ethnicity, or national origin by an Alvin Independent School District Police Officer, it is important that you report the incident immediately.
How do I File a Complaint?
For a formal complaint or commendation, you may submit the Citizen Complaint Form for Racial Profiling by letter, telephone, in person, email fax or send by mail to:
Alvin Independent School District Police Department
Attention to: Commander Jorge Trevino
2790 W. Hwy 6, Alvin, Texas 77511
Please be prepared to provide the date, time and location of the event; the names of the Alvin Independent School District Police Department employee(s) involved (if known); and the name, address and telephone number of any possible witnesses.
Once your complaint is received, it will be thoroughly investigated by a person designated by the Chief of Police. The investigation will usually include a review of all applicable reports, policies and procedures, along with interviews of all parties and witnesses. Upon completion of the investigation, a determination will be made as to whether the employee violated department policies, procedures, or state law.
Outcome of the Investigation
The Chief of Police will review the complaint and findings. This review is to assure that the investigation was handled thoroughly and objectively. The Chief's review will also consist of assessing the need to improve Department policies, procedures and/or its training of officers.
You will be given an opportunity to meet with the Chief to discuss the outcome of the complaint or you may request to receive written notification of the Investigator's findings in place of the meeting. There are four possible findings:
1. Sustained - The allegation made in the complaint is supported by sufficient evidence.
2. Not Sustained - There is insufficient evidence to prove or disprove the allegation made in the complaint.
3. Unfounded - The investigation shows that the allegation is false, not factual.
4. Exonerated - The investigation shows that the alleged incident did occur, but was justified, lawful and proper under the circumstances.
Questions and AnswersQ: What happens to an employee if he or she is found to have acted improperly?
A: Some instances require disciplinary action such as reprimand, suspension, or even termination. Sometimes remedial training is appropriate. If a crime has been alleged, the County or District Attorney will determine if criminal charges should be filed.
Q: Do I have any guarantee that I will be satisfied?
A: Although we cannot guarantee that you will be satisfied, we do guarantee that your complaint will be investigated thoroughly. You will be allowed to discuss the results with the Chief of Police.