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Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department

* Rules and Regulations *

Effective date: October 16, 2009 312.00



 

UNBIASED POLICING

 

It is the policy of the Sheriff’s Department to emphasize commitment to unbiased, equitable treatment of all persons in enforcing the law and providing law enforcement services. The maintenance of public trust and confidence in the Sheriff’s Department is critical to effective law enforcement and is achieved largely through fair and equitable treatment of the public.

All persons having contact with members of the Sheriff’s Department shall be treated in a nonpartisan, fair, equitable, and objective manner, in accordance with law, and without consideration of their race, color, national origin, or other individual characteristics or distinctions as defined in this policy.

 

DEFINITIONS: BIASED BASED POLICING

 

The interdiction, detention, arrest or other non-consensual treatment of an individual because of a characteristic or status, such as race, ethnicity, color, national origin, language, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religion, physical or mental disability or serious medical condition, or economic status. EQUAL TREATMENT In the present context, equal treatment means that persons, irrespective of race or other distinction, shall be treated in the same basic manner under the same or similar circumstances. This does not mean that all persons in the same or similar circumstances can or must be treated identically in all cases. Reasonable concessions and accommodations may be, and sometimes should be made, when dealing with individuals with physical or mental disabilities, injury, illness, infirmity, or similar conditions, or when information about them necessitates different treatment.

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT CONTACTS/ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS

 

Includes, but is not limited to, a routine or spontaneous investigatory activity, including an interview, a detention, a traffic stop, a pedestrian stop, a frisk or other type of bodily search or a search of personal or real property.

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT SERVICE FUNCTIONS

 

Sometimes referred to as community care taking functions, these are actions and activities that may not directly include enforcement of the law but that contribute to the overall well—being and safety of the public. These include but are not limited to such tasks as assistance at fire scenes, traffic accidents, medical emergencies, lifesaving services, crime prevention, preventive patrol, traffic control, public information, education, assistance, and similar activities.

312.00 Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department * Rules and Regulations *

Effective date: October 16, 2009

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