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2003 Demographic Analysis of UT Police Contacts

Since January 1, 2002, UTPD, in accordance with the Texas Racial Profiling Law (S.B. No. 1074), has been collecting police contact data for the purpose of identifying and responding (if necessary) to concerns regarding racial profiling practices. These data are summarized in Table1.

Table 1. General Demographics of Contacts and Searches (2003)
Race/Ethnicity* Contacts Searches Consensual Searches Probable Cause Custody Arrest
Caucasian 1445 (69.5%) 36 (69.2%) 10 (62.5%) 0 26 (74.3%)
African 94 (4.5%) 2 (3.8%) 1 (6.25%) 0 1 (2.9%)
Hispanic 183 (8.8%) 11 (21.2%) 4 (25%) 1 (100%) 6 (17.1%)
Asian 340 (16.3%) 3 (5.8%) 1 (6.25%) 0 2 (5.7%)
Native American 0 0 0 0 0
Other 18 (9%) 0 0 0 0
Total 2080 (100%) 52 (100%) 16 (100%) 1 (100%) 35 (100%)

For comparison, demographics of the students, faculty, and staff of the UT Austin campus for the school year 2002-2003 are presented in Table 2. Typically, university campuses include a fairly transient society of people. Thus, individuals who may have come in contact with UTPD, but do not comprise the total “permanent inhabitants,” have been eliminated. By gathering university affiliation upon contact as a result of traffic stops, UTPD has provided the most accurate analysis of contacts related to the relatively “permanent inhabitants” of the UT Austin campus.

Table 2. Comparison of Traffic Stops of “Permanent Inhabitants” and UT Austin Demographics
Race/Ethnicity* Demographics Traffic Stops
Caucasian 44,525 (61%) 1,054 (69.3%)
African 2,708 (3.7%) 70 (4.6%)
Hispanic 9,632 (13.2%) 109 (7.2%)
Asian 10,629 (14.6%) 272 (17.9%)
Native American 264 (0.4%) 0
Unknown/Other 5,181 (7.1%) 16 (1%)
Total 72,939 (100%) 1,521 (100%)

Summary

Comparing university “permanent inhabitants” (students, staff and faculty) who came in contact with UTPD during 2003 with the entire population of “permanent inhabitants” of the university during that time, the data can be summarized as follows:

* Race/Ethnicity are defined by Senate Bill 1074 as being of a “particular descent, including Caucasian, African, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American.”