Bias-Free Policing (BFP) is a set of criteria for law enforcement officials to follow when establishing reasonable suspicion or probable cause, while investigating a potential crime or misdemeanor. These criteria serve to ensure that no person will suffer discrimination due to factors unrelated to the incident under investigation. Currently, however, few Vermont law enforcement agencies have adopted such criteria. Without BFP policies, they lack guidelines to prevent discriminatory policing and fail to define consequences for acts of police discrimination if they do occur.

Created Date: 
Jan 11, 2011