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.
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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.
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.
A Citizen's Complaint is a formal documentation involving:
*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.
An inquiry, complaint or commendation can be made by using the forms provided or by the following:
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.
You will receive written notification of the Chief's findings in the following form,
For Personnel complaint findings:
For Policy/Procedural findings:
In complaints against Department policy/procedures, the Chief may find 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.