KEMPNER —The City Council on Tuesday reviewed the police department’s 2012 racial profiling report, which showed no evidence of racial bias by law enforcement.
“The city of Kempner Police Department prides itself in providing unbiased enforcement and will strive to continue to give professional service to all persons,” Police Chief David Sheedy said about the report.
There were no indications of racially biased profiling conducted by law enforcement officers, stated the city document.
According to the report, Kempner officers made 506 traffic stops during the year. Of those stops, 376 drivers were Caucasian while 130 were of other races or ethnicity.
Mayor Gene Isenhour asked Sheedy if there were any other incidents that could have been considered racial profiling.
There were no racial profiling issues, Sheedy said.
Sheedy briefed the council about seeking two additional patrol officers.
Several officers have either retired or left the city, which has required officials to recruit more reserve officers to volunteer some hours on the city’s police force.
Isenhour also told the council the city closed on purchasing an adjacent property for about $35,000.
The previous property owner is still clearing the property on the lot that provides U.S. Highway 190 frontage, Isenhour said. He has 30 days to remove the remaining items, and it looks like he will meet the deadline, the mayor said.
The lot could prove useful if the city needs additional offices or storage, Isenhour said.