The Campbell Police Department is committed to serving the Campbell community and strives to protect and serve with the utmost integrity. In order to be responsive to community needs, it is necessary to have citizen input.
Let us know how we’re doing, what we could be doing better and your thoughts on how your police department can work more closely with the community it proudly serves. We welcome commendations for personnel who perform their duties exceptionally well and encourage inquiries and complaints about questionable performance, actions, policies or procedures. Your feedback will help CPD better serve our City. Your comments will be reviewed and forwarded to the relevant division head.
You have the right to make a complaint against a peace officer for any improper police conduct. Please use the Police Complaint From to submit an official Citizen Complaint.
Citizen’s Feedback Process
How to make a Citizen’s Commendation, Inquiry or Complaint
An inquiry, complaint or commendation can be made using the forms above or the following:
Campbell Police Department
70 North First Street
Campbell, CA 95008
CampbellPolice@campbellca.gov. *This email is only monitored during normal business hours Monday thru Friday. If you have a matter that needs immediate attention please call 9-1-1 for an emergency or 408-866-2101 for non-emergencies.*
What is a Citizen’s Inquiry?
A Citizen’s Inquiry is any contact with a citizen in reference to an issue of concern that does not require a formal investigation. The Citizen’s Inquiry process seeks to resolve the issue at an informal level, to the satisfaction of the citizen, by means of discussion, explanation or clarification. Citizen’s Inquiries are generally handled by an on-duty supervisor. A Citizen’s Inquiry that is not resolved can become a Citizen’s Complaint.
What is a Commendation?
Recognition of exceptional performance is also a valuable component of the citizen feedback process. Commendations, either verbal or written, are one of the best ways you can let someone know that you appreciate their good work.
Commendations received by the Chief of Police are forwarded to the employee with a copy placed in his or her personnel file. Although our employees don’t expect to be thanked for everything they do, recognition of exceptional service is always constructive. Positive feedback lets us know if we are doing a first-rate job.
What is a Citizen’s Complaint?
A Citizen’s Complaint is a formal documentation involving:
- A complaint against Personnel*
- A complaint against Department policy or procedure*
*Which was not resolved at the Citizen’s Inquiry level or because the nature of the allegation may require an administrative and/or criminal investigation.
All Citizens’ Complaints are forwarded to the Chief for review. The Chief will then assign the Complaint to the appropriate Supervisor for follow-up. The investigation will usually include a review of all applicable reports, policies and procedures, examination of any evidence or medical records and interviews with involved parties and witnesses.
How long will it take?
A simple complaint might take only a day to complete, while a complex complaint might take several months to investigate and review. You will be notified every 30 days on the progress of the investigation.
What will happen at the end of the investigation?
The Chief of Police reviews every Complaint. If the Chief determines that an employee violated Department policy or procedures, appropriate corrective action will be taken. The Chief’s review will also include looking for ways to improve policies, procedures and training. This review is to assure that the investigation was handled thoroughly and objectively. At the end of the investigation, you will receive written notification of the Chief’s findings. State Law prohibits us from releasing specific details concerning personnel actions.
Notification of Findings
You will receive written notification of the Chief’s findings in the following form.
For Personnel complaint findings:
- Sustained- The allegation made in the complaint was proven.
- Not Sustained- The investigation failed to prove or disprove the allegation.
- Unfounded- The investigation shows that the alleged act did not occur.
- Exonerated- The investigation shows that the alleged act did occur, but was justified, lawful and proper under the circumstances.
For Policy/Procedural findings:
In complaints against Department policy/ procedures, the Chief may find that the policy or procedure is either: appropriate as written OR is in need of revision. Complaints sustained against policy/procedures will be sustained against the Department and not the officers involved.
Campbell Police Department
City Hall - Lower Level
70 N. First St.
Campbell, CA 95008
Main Business Line: 408-866-2121
Non-Emergency Dispatch: 408-866-2101
Emergency: 911 or 408-378-8161
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