FOP's National Board adopts resolution rejecting racial profiling as a law enforcement tactic


Whereas the Grand Lodge FOP is committed to the ideals of integrity, teamwork, diversity, high quality service, commitment to our members and protection of constitutional rights and

Whereas we recognize our obligation to acknowledge and address crucial societal issues that have an impact on the law enforcement profession and

Whereas one such issue is "racial profiling" and racial profiling should not be confused with criminal profiling, which is a legitimate tool in fighting crime and

Whereas racial profiling refers to the decision by the Law Enforcement official to stop and question people randomly when the race of the person is used as an indication of suspicious activity

Now therefore be it resolved that the Grand Lodge FOP rejects racial profiling as a law enforcement tactic and will not encourage, tolerate or condone its use by any of our members and

Be it further resolved that the Grand Lodge rejects police tactics based solely upon assumption of race or ethnicity and we remain committed to the use of sound police strategies based upon probable cause, the judicious use of police discretion and the continued development of community relationships.

Resolved this 9th day of September, 2000, at the National Board Meeting in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Analysis of S. 989/H.R. 2074, the "End Racial Profiling Act" (107th Congress)