Bias Based Profiling Policy

The purpose of this policy is to state that racial and ethnic profiling in law enforcement is unacceptable. A fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States to all who live in this nation is the equal protection under the law. Along with this right to equal protection is the fundamental right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.

The University of Central Florida Police Department is charged with protecting the Constitutional Rights of all citizens within the university community, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, physical disability, religion, age, cultural group, economic status or other belief system. Therefore, the University of Central Florida Police Department prohibits the use of bias based profiling in its enforcement programs.

It is the policy of the University of Central Florida Police Department to provide law enforcement services in a proactive manner, investigate suspicious persons and circumstances, and to actively enforce the motor vehicle laws, while ensuring that citizens will be stopped or detained only where there exists reasonable suspicion to believe they committed, are committing or are about to commit any criminal act or an infraction of the law.

All investigative detentions, traffic stops, arrests, searches and seizures of property by officers will be based on a standard of reasonable suspicion or probable cause as required by the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and statutory authority. Except as provided below, officers shall not consider race, color, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, physical disability, religion, age, cultural group, economic status or other belief system in establishing either reasonable suspicion or probable cause.

Officers may take into account the reported race, color, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, physical disability, religion, age, cultural group, economic status or other belief system of a specific suspect or suspects based on relevant information that links a person to a particular criminal incident or links a specific series of crimes in an area to a group of individuals.

Except as provided above, no person shall be singled out or otherwise treated differently on account of his/her race, color, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, physical disability, religion, age, cultural group, economic status or other belief system.

No motorist, once cited or warned, shall be detained beyond the point where there exists no reasonable suspicion of further criminal activity, and no person or vehicle shall be searched in the absence of a warrant, a legally recognized exception to the warrant requirement, or the person’s voluntary consent.

Should you encounter a situation where you believe you were stopped by an officer based on your race, color, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, physical handicap, religion or other belief system, you are encouraged to contact the on-duty shift supervisor as soon as possible, make a complaint through our website http://police.ucf.edu/complaint-resolution, or contact the UCF Police Department at 407-823-5555 and request to speak to the watch commander or division commander.