Members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will not allow bias
in any form to affect agency operations or service to the community.
Sheriff’s Office employees will not discriminate against, nor harass, or
profile any citizen for any reason.
Race, age, economic status,
familial status, homelessness, national origin, political ideology,
religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender identity and
disability in any form will not be considered when rendering service.
The men and women of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office hold every
citizen in high regard as they are sworn to serve and protect all
“As a leader in the St. Mary`s County
Sheriff`s Office, I commit myself to perform honorably my duties with
respect for the dignity of all people, integrity to do right and fight
wrongs, wisdom to apply common sense and fairness in all I do, and
courage to stand against injustice.”
|Sheriff`s Office Preamble to
Mission, Vision, Values statement
The purpose of this policy
is to emphasize this agency’s commitment to unbiased, equitable
treatment of all persons.
Persons having contact with members of this agency shall be treated in a
fair, impartial, equitable, and objective manner, in accordance with
law, and without consideration of their individual demographics as
defined in this policy.
Biased Policing: Discrimination in the performance of law
enforcement duties or delivery of police services, based on personal
prejudices or partiality of officers toward classes of individuals or
persons based on individual demographics.
Impartial Treatment: The belief that persons, irrespective of race
or other distinctions, shall be treated in the same basic manner under
the same or similar circumstances. This does not mean that all persons
in the same or similar circumstances can or must be treated identically.
Reasonable concessions and accommodations may be, and sometimes should
be made, when dealing with individuals with physical or mental
disabilities, injury, illness, or similar conditions, or when
information about them necessitates different treatment.
Individual Demographics: For the purposes of this policy, personal
characteristics, to include, but not limited to race, ethnic background,
national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion,
socioeconomic status, age, disability, cultural group, or political
Police Services: Sometimes referred to as
community caretaking functions, these are actions and activities that
may not directly include enforcement of the law, but that contribute to
the overall well-being and safety of the public. These include, but are
not limited to, such tasks as assistance at fire scenes, traffic
accidents, and medical emergencies; lifesaving services; crime
prevention; preventive patrol; traffic control; public information;
education; and similar activities.
A. Fair and Impartial Treatment
1. Biased policing is
prohibited both in the enforcement of the law and the delivery of police
2. Officers shall take equivalent enforcement
actions and provide equal services to all persons in the same or similar
3. Officers shall not consider individual
demographics when performing law enforcement duties or delivering police
services except when such characteristics are part of a specific subject
4. Unless exigent circumstances exist,
officers shall not engage in a law enforcement matter when it involves a
family member, friend, relative, or other person with whom he or she has
a personal relationship, such that the officer’s objectivity may be, or
may appear to be, compromised. In situations where the officer is
personally involved, he or she will summon other officers for
1. Officers who witness or
who are aware of instances of biased policing shall report the incident
to a supervisor without delay. Also, where appropriate, officers are
encouraged to intervene at the time the biased policing incident.
2. All instances of bias based complaints or infractions shall be
forwarded to the Office of Professional Responsibilities for
3. The Office of Professional
Responsibilities shall maintain data relating specifically to complaints
of biased policing. The information shall be provided to the Sheriff or
designated authority in a manner most suitable for administrative
review, problem identification, and development of appropriate
All employees will receive basic
and periodic in-service training and, where deemed necessary, remedial
training on subjects related to police ethics, cultural diversity,
police-citizen interaction, standards of conduct, conducting motor
vehicle stops, implicit bias, and related topics suitable for preventing
incidents of biased policing.
Unbiased Policing Policy PDF