It is the policy of the
West Melbourne Police Department to enforce the law in a fair and impartial
manner, recognizing both the statutory and judicial limitations of police
authority while protecting the rights of all persons. To this end, enforcement
action including, but not limited to, vehicle stops, stop and frisk of
individuals, arrests, searches and seizures, the application of force, and
initiation of forfeiture proceedings, must be based solely on law, departmental
policy, and articulable facts.
A fundamental right
guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States to all who live in this
nation is equal protection under the law. Along with this right to equal
protection is the fundamental right to be free from unreasonable searches and
seizures by government agents. Citizens are free to walk and drive our streets,
highways, and other public places without police interference so long as they
obey the law. They also are entitled to be free from crime, the unlawful acts of
criminals, and to drive and walk our public ways safe from the actions of
reckless and careless drivers.
The West Melbourne
Police Department is charged with protecting these rights, for all, regardless
of race, ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, physical
handicap, religion, or other belief system.
Because of the nature
of their business, law enforcement officers are required to be observant, to
identify unusual occurrences and law violations, and to act upon them. It is
this proactive enforcement that helps keep our citizens free from crime, our
streets and highways safe to drive upon, and detects and apprehends criminals.
It is the policy of the
West Melbourne Police Department to patrol in a proactive manner, to
aggressively investigate suspicious persons and circumstances, and to actively
enforce the motor vehicle laws, while insisting that citizens will only be
stopped or detained when there exists reasonable suspicion to believe they have
committed, are committing, or are about to commit, a violation of the law.
you encounter a situation where you believe you were stopped by a West
Melbourne police officer based on your race, color, ethnicity, sex, sexual
orientation, physical handicap, or religion, you are encouraged to contact the shift
supervisor as soon as possible at (321) 723-9673.
2016 Bias Based Profiling Annual Administrative Review