Archive for Thursday, February 9, 2006

Council OKs police policy against racial profiling

February 9, 2006

The Basehor City Council on Monday approved a new policy that reinforces the police department's commitment to "unbiased, equitable treatment" of all people.

Council members unanimously adopted a policy against racial profiling that was written and submitted by Police Chief Terry Horner.

The policy defines racial profiling as the practice of using ethnicity, nationality, gender or religious dress as a basis for investigations or searches.

Horner said the policy -- required by state law -- is the first of several new guidelines the department is undertaking in forming a procedural manual.

The policy says the police department treats "all persons having contact with this agency in a fair, equitable and objective manner" and prohibits officers from using criteria such as race during criminal investigations.

The policy also states that each officer in the police department will be required to attend annual training on racial profiling. It will include "an understanding of the historical and cultural systems that perpetuate" racial profiling and assistance in identifying racial profiling practices.

Penalties for violating the policy include demerits, suspensions or termination of employment.

Complaints alleging the outlawed practice of racial profiling may be filed with either the police department or the Kansas Human Rights Commission.

In other action Monday, the city council:

  • Approved, 5-0, purchasing ultraviolet equipment for the wastewater treatment facility. The purchases are not to exceed $47,000.
  • Approved, 5-0, purchasing new computer equipment for the public works department. The purchases are not to exceed $1,600.
  • Approved, 5-0, a contract with Atmos Energy to relocate a natural gasoline line on 147th Street. The contract is not to exceed $11,000.
  • Tabled purchases of computer equipment and software for the police department. The equipment and software was estimated to cost $10,821. The item was tabled until the city receives another bid.
  • Denied, 5-0, paying $1,800 to Roger Horsky, the city's court appointed attorney, for services in 2005. The payment was denied because a breakdown of services was not submitted to the city.

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