Accountability

Crime Statistics

Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) is a collective effort on the part of many law enforcement agencies to present a nationwide view of crime including:

  • City
  • County
  • State
  • Tribal
  • Federal

Agencies throughout the country participating in the UCR Program provide summarized reports on eight Part I offenses known to law enforcement and reports on persons arrested. They also provide information about law enforcement officers killed and assaulted and on hate crime.

Odessa

The Odessa Police Department classifies and reports crime statistics according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Uniform Crime Report (UCR). Each month a report is prepared and submitted to the FBI, through the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) that reports offenses recorded at the Odessa Police Department. The FBI:

  • Provides report forms, tally sheets, tally books, and self-addressed envelopes to these direct contributors (local agencies that do not have the benefit of a state program)
  • Compiles, publishes, and distributes the data to participating agencies, state UCR Programs and others interested in the nation's crime data

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Interactive Community Crime Map

The Odessa Police Department has teamed up with LexisNexis to provide easy to read crime maps and analysis. LexisNexis displays crime data to the public using the well known, intuitive mapping interface of Google Maps. Part I crime information which is displayed for the public includes:

  • Address name
  • Crime type
  • Date and time
  • Street level address

For more information on crimes in Odessa, view the Interactive Community Crime Map.

Illegal Profiling Policy

1. Policy:

Members of the Odessa Police Department will not engage in any activities that are discriminatory or indicative of the practices of racial profiling or bias based profiling. Personnel will focus on the conduct of the individual and/or specific suspect information in taking police action. Individuals will not be targeted for enforcement action, detention, field contacts, asset seizure and forfeiture efforts, or interdictions solely on the basis of race, ethnic background, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, economic status, or age.

This directive does not prohibit police personnel from stopping or detaining individuals if a specific report exists in which an individual's race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, economic status, or age is a factor in determining the existence of probable cause for taking police action.

2. Definitions:

Racial Profiling: a law enforcement initiated action based on an individual's race, ethnicity or national origin rather than on the individual's behavior or on information identifying the individual as having engaged in criminal activity, (Code of Criminal Procedures (CCP), Article 3.05).

Bias Based Profiling: a law enforcement initiated action based on an individual's gender, sexual orientation, religion, economic status, or age rather than on the individual's behavior or on information identifying the individual as having engaged in criminal activity.

Motor Vehicle Stop: means an occasion in which a peace officer stops a motor vehicle for an alleged violation of a law or ordinance, (CCP, Article 2.132).

Race or Ethnicity: means of a particular descent, including Caucasian, African, Hispanic, Asian, Native American or Middle Eastern descent, (CCP, Article 2.132).

3. Procedures:

  • No employee shall engage in racial profiling or bias based profiling.
  • All motor vehicle stops will be captured on digital in-car video equipment, pursuant to Code of Criminal Procedure Articles 2.132 and 2.135 and Department General Orders.
  • Digital video captured by in-car video equipment will be uploaded into a secure server maintained by the Department for that purpose.
  • All complaints related to racial profiling or bias based profiling will be handled by Internal Affairs. Any officer found to have engaged in racial profiling or bias based profiling, following a complete investigation, will face appropriate corrective action, which may include diversity training, counseling, verbal warning, written warning, written reprimand, suspension, demotion, and/or termination.
  • The following information will be collected for all motor vehicle stops in which a citation is issued and arrests made as a result of those stops:
    • race or ethnicity of the individual detained; and
    • whether a search was conducted and, if so, whether the individual detained consented to the search;
    • whether the peace officer knew the race or ethnicity of the individual detained before detaining that individual.
  • Prior to March 1st of each year, a report detailing this information for the previous calendar year shall be submitted to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and to the City Manager with a recommendation that said report should be passed on to each member of the City Council.
  • Public education regarding the process by which citizens may make complaints to Professional Standards Unit regarding racial profiling or bias based profiling shall be accomplished by news releases as deemed necessary by the Chief of Police, by the publication in English and in Spanish of brochures detailing the process, and by the posting of this General Order on the Department's website.

Contact

To contact the Professional Standards Office / Administration Bureau call 432-335-5775.

Victims of Crime

If you wish to pursue charges in your criminal case, please contact us at 432-335-3333, within the next 7 calendar days, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. For more information, view our Crime Victim Information Pamphlet (PDF).