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Complaints may be filed by anyone in person, by written correspondence, via telephone, or anonymously. Minors who wish to lodge a complaint must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Complainants will be asked to sign a complaint form.
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Written complaints should be addressed to the Chief of Police. When filed in person or via the telephone, only a supervisor may accept complaints. There is always someone available to handle complaints.
Yes, the Chief of Police receives copies of all personnel complaints. Each employee’s supervisor is notified as well. Written correspondence goes directly to the Chief of Police.
The investigation process may include statements from the complainant, witnesses, police officers/employees involved, and collection of any other relevant evidence necessary to investigate the case.
Depending on the circumstances, the complainant may be contacted in person by the investigator to provide additional information and formal testimony. Should the complainant not cooperate, or be unavailable for questioning, sufficient evidence may not be obtained to afford a judgment.
After the facts and evidence of the alleged misconduct are compiled, investigating supervisors submit the findings to the Chief of Police for disposition.
If the investigation determines that the alleged misconduct occurred, appropriate discipline will be imposed. In criminal cases, consultation will be requested with the 14th Circuit Solicitors Office. Disciplinary measures can include, but are not limited to: reprimand, suspension without pay, reduction in rank, transfer, dismissal, or criminal prosecution.
It is the department’s goal to complete all citizen complaint investigations within 90 days. However, in cases where criminal prosecution is anticipated, the personnel investigation will not be completed until all subsequent criminal charges are concluded. In any event, the person filing the complaint will be advised of the findings of the investigation, consistent with current law, in writing by the Chief of Police.