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Biased-Based Profiling
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.

Should 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