Senate Bill 1074, successfully passed during the 77th Texas Legislative Session, became effective September 1, 2001. The bill was designed to address a major issue facing law enforcement in America – racial profiling. The bill mandates that law enforcement agencies in the state of Texas comply with the provisions as set forth in Articles 2.132, 2.133 and 2.134 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, by, first and foremost, adopting a written policy on racial profiling.
Two fundamental rights guaranteed by both the United States and Texas constitutions are equal protection under the law and freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures by government agents. The right of all persons to be treated equally and to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures must be respected. Racial profiling is an unacceptable patrol tactic and will not be condoned.
The University of North Texas Health Science Center Police Department’s policy on racial profiling clearly defines acts that constitute racial profiling, strictly prohibits officers from engaging in such and provides a process by which individuals may file complaints if they believe they have been stopped or searched by a peace officer of the Department, based solely on their race, ethnicity or national origin.
The UNTHSC Police Department’s mission is to provide a safe and secure campus to facilitate teaching, research and patient care. Members of the Department strive to serve and protect the Health Science Center community in a courteous, conscientious and professional manner.
The UNTHSC Police Department will accept complaints from any person who believes he or she has been stopped or searched based on racial, ethnic or national origin profiling. No person shall be discouraged, intimidated or coerced from filing a complaint, nor discriminated against because he or she filed such complaint. A Racial profiling Complaint Form may be picked up at the UNTHSC Police Department, or downloaded from this web page (requires Adobe Acrobat). Once completed, forms can be hand-delivered to UNTHSC Police between the hours of 8am – 3pm weekdays, so that they can be signed in the presence of a Notary Public. Complaints should be directed to Gary Gailliard, Chief of Police.