The Florida A&M University Department of Campus Safety & Security is committed to unbiased policing in all of its encounters with the public. The Police Department patrols in a proactive manner to investigate suspicious persons and circumstances and to actively enforce motor vehicle laws, regardless of a suspect’s race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, economic status, background, age or culture.
Criminal Profiling vs. Bias-based Profiling
Officers investigating criminal activities use a variety of techniques in developing the proof needed to arrest and prosecute criminals. The absence of articulable facts, suspicious activity, or specific criminal information is what separates bias-based profiling from legitimate criminal profiling.
Bias-based Profiling is Prohibited
The Florida A&M University Department of Campus Safety & Security strictly prohibits bias-based profiling by officers. Police Officers receive training to identify and avoid bias-based profiling, including the potential liability associated with violations of the law.
Being Stopped by the Police
Each situation is unique, and the officer must alter his or her response to fit each circumstance. Generally, however, an officer:
• Will provide his/her name upon request.
• Will provide the name and phone number of the officer’s supervisor.
• Will inform a person of the reason for being stopped.
If you have any questions, would like more information regarding the Florida A&M University Department of Campus Safety & Security policies and procedures prohibiting bias-based profiling, or if you have a complaint, please contact Ms. Wendy Dorival, Monday through Friday 9:00am-6:00pm at 850-599-3676 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.