Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office releases 2019 racial profiling report

Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough, along with the rest of the Commissioners Court, accepted the 2019 racial profiling report Feb. 25. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough, along with the rest of the Commissioners Court, accepted the 2019 racial profiling report Feb. 25. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)

Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough, along with the rest of the Commissioners Court, accepted the 2019 racial profiling report Feb. 25. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)

A newly released report from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office concludes the office does not currently experience a problem regarding racial profiling practices. Racial profiling is action taken by law enforcement based on an individual’s race, ethnicity or national origin rather than behavior.

On Feb. 25, the Montgomery County Commissioners Court accepted the 2019 racial profiling report, which analyzed traffic stops by the sheriff’s office from Jan. 1, 2019, to Dec. 31, 2019. The report—including data collection, analysis and evaluations—was conducted by the sheriff’s office.


According to the sheriff’s office, the report is in compliance with Senate Bill 1849, known as the Sandra Bland Act, which was signed into law in 2017 and made changes to the original racial profiling legislation that went into effect in 2001.

“We don’t want to be racially profiling,” County Judge Mark Keough said in a follow-up interview. “You want to be fair.”

In 2019, the sheriff’s office made 55,155 traffic-related stops. Here is a breakdown of the demographics:






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By Eva Vigh

Eva Vigh joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 as a reporter for Spring and Klein. Prior to this position, she covered upstream oil and gas news for a drilling contractors' association.


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