Racial profiling report released

“Our numbers are up straight across the board and in some places probably four or five times as much from years past. Our arrests and contacts in general are way up,” stated Sheriff Scott Williams when presenting the results of a CCSO 2017 report at the Feb. 26 county commissioner’s court meeting. The report submitted to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), focused on state required traffic stop racial profiling information. However, Williams stated that the amount of data now required to be collected increased from one to five pages of criteria including additional specifics such as stop location breakdowns, etc. Williams informed that the new, labor-intensive report requirements “blindsided” his office which still uses an “antiquated” method for compiling data and necessitated the efforts of three full-time employees for two weeks manually gathering the state-requested information.

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