Process

COMPLAINT PROCESS

1
An Internal Affairs investigator will take sworn statements from the complainant and any witnesses to the incident. These statements are notarized and treated in the same manner as testimony in a court of law; therefore, aggravated perjury statutes apply.
 
2
After a complainant has provided the investigator with a sworn statement, an internal affairs investigation will be opened. A letter will be sent to the complainant stating who the investigator is that has been assigned to his/her case and how they can be contacted.
 
3
When appropriate, medical records are examined, physical evidence is gathered, and photographs may be taken.
 
4
The complainant may be asked to take a polygraph examination. The polygraph examination is strictly voluntary. However, state law mandates that the complainant must take and pass a polygraph examination before an accused peace officer can be ordered to take a polygraph examination
 
5
Once the investigation is complete, the complaint/case is presented to the Chief of Police.
 
6
The Chief of Police will determine the disposition of the allegation and will recommend discipline if applicable. If any discipline falls under the suspension of an employee a City Risk Committee will be held and then the appropriate discipline if necessary will be decided by the Chief.
 
7
Upon final disposition of the complaint, a written response detailing the outcome of the investigation will be sent to the citizen and employee involved.