Racial Profiling

What is Racial Profiling?

Racial profiling is, by definition: a law enforcement-initiated action based on an individual’s race or ethnicity or national origin rather than on an individual’s behavior or on information identifying the individual as having engaged in criminal activity.

Racial profiling is strictly prohibited by law and profiling based upon national origin, race, ethnicity, sex, age, sexual preference, religion or creed is strictly prohibited by the La Grange Police Department.

Anyone who feels they have been profiled or witnessed any kind of police misconduct are strongly encouraged to complain immediately at 979-968-5806. The nature of police work is such that it is often performed by a lone officer in a police unit. Law enforcement administrators rely greatly upon citizens to complain to inform them of police misconduct or bad practices.

We have many measures in place to ensure our officers do not engage in racial profiling. We are excited that we now have our new in-car digital video system in place. This system enables supervisors and administration easier access (than the current VHS system) to retrieve instantly stop and contact recordings. These will be sortable by many parameters to include race and ethnicity of the individual stopped. Additionally, the system captures a period of time (from a pre-recorded loop) that captures pre-event video, thus allowing us to view what occurred prior to the recorder’s activation.

While analysis of data is an important component in ensuring racial profiling does not occur, to be effective this analysis must delve much more deeply. It is the position of the La Grange Police Department that we need to critically review each stop, each contact, each report to ensure we are providing fair and equitable treatment of all people.

La Grange Police Department Racial Profiling Policy and Procedure

The La Grange Police Department's Racial Profiling Policy and Procedure is available here. Information is available in English and Spanish.

La política y procedimiento de caracterización racial del Departamento de Policía de La Grange está disponible aquí. Información está disponible en inglés y en español.

Racial Profiling Reporting

Access reports on La Grange Police Department statistics by year below:

Racial Profiling is Illegal and Will Not Be Tolerated