In 2016, the Police Department recorded a total of 1741 citizen contacts or stops. The overwhelming majority of these contacts were with Caucasians. Caucasians were stopped a total of 1188 times. The second most prevalent stop was with Hispanic or Latinos, who were stopped for a total of 478 times. Black or African-American citizens were stopped 56 times. The Police Department had 15 contacts with Asians and 2 contacts with Native Americans.
Arrests and Searches
BPD officers searched the violator 255 times, which 71 searches resulted in consent by the violator. The race of the violator was not known in 1729 of the 1741 stops.
The number of police contacts with Caucasian, Hispanic, African, Asian, Native American and other drivers and citizens, when compared to the numbers of city and local residents with the same ethnicity, demonstrated that no particular race was over-represented.
The Police Department held several community meetings for our citizens, where we included speakers and material in both English and Spanish language.
The Bridgeport Police Department is committed to collecting accurate police contact data that will assure an on-going evaluation of the department’s practices. This will allow for the citizens of Bridgeport to benefit from professional and courteous service from their police department. In 2017, the Bridgeport Police department will:
· Provide further racial sensitivity training to its police personnel
· Conduct training on the Texas Racial Profiling Law
· Conduct training on the Tier One collection of data with all police personnel
· Provide for continual public education in regards to the Texas Racial profiling Law
· Continue conducting community meetings to enhance the relationship between the officers and
our minority citizens
Citizens wishing to file an Official Complaint regarding Racial Profiling may contact Chief Stanford directly at email@example.com or 940.683.3430.