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- 108 Ravine Parkway
- Oneonta, NY 13820
The purpose of this General Order is to reaffirm the department’s commitment to unbiased policing, clarify the circumstances in which race can be used as a factor to establish reasonable suspicion or probable cause, and to reinforce procedures that serve to assure the public that we are providing service and enforcing laws in a fair and equitable manner. Profiling, in itself, can be a useful tool to assist law enforcement officers in carrying out their duties. Bias based profiling; however, is the selection of individuals based solely on a common trait of a group. This includes but is not limited to race, ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, religion, economic status, age, cultural group, or any other identifiable groups. Law enforcement agencies should not condone the use of any biased based profiling in its programs as it may lead to allegations of violations of the constitutional rights of the citizens we serve, undermines the legitimate law enforcement efforts, and may lead to claims of civil rights violations. Additionally, biased based profiling may alienate citizens, foster distrust of law enforcement by the community, invite media scrutiny, legislative action, and judicial intervention.
It is the policy of the New York State University Police Department @ SUNY Oneonta and the responsibility of all members to protect the rights of all individuals regardless of race, religious belief, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or economic status; to treat all individuals with dignity, equality and fairness, regardless of race, religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or economic status; and to assure that all official actions where an individual’s freedom to move about is hindered is based upon reasonable suspicion or probable cause. Bias or prejudice of any kind will not be tolerated in any dealings with individuals whether they are victims, suspects, when being taken into custody, or while in the custody of the department. Bias based profiling in traffic contacts, field contacts and in asset seizure and forfeiture efforts is prohibited. Deviations from this policy will be met with the strictest discipline.
Bias Based Profiling – The selection of individuals based solely on a common trait of a group. This includes but is not limited to race, ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, religion, economic status, age, cultural group, or any other identifiable groups.
A. Impartial and Equitable Policing
1. Members will respond to requests for police service, will render aid and assistance, and will investigate offenses and suspicious circumstances independent or regardless of race, religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnic background of any person or group of persons.
3. Members will, as necessary and professionally appropriate, use techniques and strategies to advance the reality of impartial policing and prevent inappropriate perceptions of biased law enforcement. These techniques and strategies include, but are not limited to:
4. Officers will use the wewarable video cameras on all vehicle and traffic stops or any other incidents as ouotlined in General Order 302.50 Wearable Video Camera.
V. Complaint Process
A. Any complaint that a member conducted policing activities based upon any improper criteria will be conducted consistent with General Order 140.10 Personnel Complaints & Internation Investigations.
B. Sustained violations of this directive will result in remedial training and/or disciplinary action.
A. Supervisors shall ensure all personnel within their command are familiar with the content of this directive and are operating in compliance with the same.
VII. Administrative Review
A. The Chief of Police will ensure that an annual administrative review is conducted to examine the department’s commitment to impartial policing. Dynamics that are to be included in these reviews include, but are not limited to: