The questionnaire was well done, and showed a personal response from at least one officer currently employed by Miami Dade Police Department. The attached section from CALEA showed what lengths are necessary to gain accreditation from this external agency for a law enforcement agency. The CALEA portion defined “Racial Profiling” according to the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners as, “The initiation of police traffic stops primarily based on race.” (MDPD np.) It continued on to state unequivocally what is allowed and not allowed. The individual interview showed that the officer was well aware of the regulations though this officer responded to one question with the following statement. “I do not believe that racial profiling is an issue, I do not believe it needs to be eliminated because I do not think it is being used as the sole technique to solve or deter crime.” (MDPD np.)
The core approach within the questionnaire and the County regulations attached made it very clear that blatant use of race in the apprehension of suspects was forbidden. In the interview the officer stated that they are not a supporter of the use of racial profiling, however, did see that in some situations there was no choice but to use a person’s race as an identifier. The county regulations supported this in that it made clear that race was not to be used alone and then reasonable suspicion of a crime must be maintained and shown in all stops.