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Bias-Based Profiling

What is Bias-Based Policing?
The detention, interdiction, or other disparate treatment of any person based solely on their race, color, ethnicity, age,
sex, sexual orientation, physical handicap, religion or other belief system.

Our Policy
It is the policy of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department to patrol in a proactive manner, to proactively investigate suspicious persons and circumstances, solve problems through the community policing philosophy, and to actively enforce the laws of the State of Florida and ordinances of the City of Fort Lauderdale, 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 law.

Bias-based policing in traffic contacts, field contacts, searches and seizures and in asset seizures and forfeiture efforts is strictly prohibited. 

Investigative detentions, traffic stops, arrests, searches, and property seizures by officers will be based on a standard of reasonable suspicion or probable cause in accordance with the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article 1, Declaration of Rights – Section 12 of the Florida Constitution.

Officers must be able to articulate specific facts and circumstances that support reasonable suspicion or probable cause for investigative detentions, traffic stops, arrests, nonconsensual searches, and property seizures.

Complaints of Bias-Based Policing
Any person may file a complaint with the Department if they feel they have been subjected to bias-based policing. No person shall be discouraged, intimidated, or coerced from filing such a complaint, or discriminated against because they have filed such a complaint. All complaints of bias-based policing shall be investigated by the Office of Internal Affairs.

Complaints may be filed in person, by mail, electronic mail or by telephone.

Contact Information
Phone Number: 954-828-6956
(Monday-Friday 8am - 4pm)
Email: internalaffairs@fortlauderdale.gov
Fort Lauderdale Police Department
Office of Internal Affairs
1300 West Broward Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312

Download the Bias-Based Policing Brochure (in .PDF format)