All citizen complaints,
whether through an identified or anonymous complainant,
regarding the Piqua Police Department or one of its officers
will be thoroughly investigated. The investigation may be either
an inquiry or a formal investigation of an allegation of
misconduct, depending on the type and severity of the
allegations made. Minor infractions of policies, procedures or
rules may be handled at the Lieutenant level through counseling,
training or admonishment. Attempts to resolve your complaint
informally can be made by the Lieutenant with the approval of
the appropriate Deputy Chief.
Allegations of misconduct would include such things as alleged
criminal behavior, or alleged serious violation of Department
Policy, Rules, or Standards of Conduct. These will be documented
and handled more formally through the Internal Affairs function.
If sustained, these allegations could result in a member's
discipline up to and including suspension, demotion, or
Any supervisor of the Department may take the initial
information for a complaint. Complaints should be made in person
to a supervisor and the complainant will be asked to sign the
form and provide a number at which the investigating officers
may contact them. Depending on the circumstances and information
you provide, you may be contacted again for additional
If a complainant files a complaint that could cause an officer
to be disciplined to an extent of being suspended, demoted or
terminated, the complainant may be asked to take a truth
verification exam at the expense of the department. The
complainant may also be asked to testify at the Administrative
Hearing to determine the fate of the officer or employee.
If the complainant is unwilling to sign the form or makes the
complaint by telephone and is unwilling to file a report, the
complaint will be handled in the same manner as other complaints
and thoroughly investigated by a supervisor.
Generally, supervisors have a maximum of 30 days to conclude and
investigation unless that time is extended by the Chief of
Police because of extenuating circumstances. If necessary, a
complainant may be contacted sometime during the investigation
to be given an update of its progress. The officer or employee(s)
concerned will be informed of the substance of the complaint
unless to do so would prejudice the investigation.
Upon completion of the investigation and determination of the
appropriate action, your will be notified of the results of the
investigation. If a Lieutenant handled the complaint, you may be
contacted directly by the Lieutenant with the findings. If the
complaint was handled as a formal investigation, the Deputy
Chief will recommend to the Chief of Police one of several
alternative findings based on the provable facts of the
investigation. These alternatives include.
Not sustained - There is
insufficient evidence to either prove or disprove the
Sustained - The allegation
is supported by sufficient evidence and the action violates
either Department Policy or Standards of Conduct, or criminal
Unfounded -The allegation as
made is false and did not occur.
Exonerated - The act alleged
did occur, but the officer's actions were legal and proper.
Policy failure - The
officer's actions were in accordance with policy, but there is
some flaw in the policy that permitted the actions.
Withdrawn - The complainant
has withdrawn the complaint, and no further investigation or
action is to be taken.
Misconduct not based on complaint
- Investigation into the complaint reveals other actions that
would be a violation of Policy, Standards of Conduct, or law,
but these actions were not a part of the original complaint.
The Chief of Police will, after review of the investigation and
supervisory recommendations, make the final determination and
then direct the action to be taken, if necessary. This is the
point in time when you will be notified of the outcome of the
Any questions concerns, or clarification regarding the citizen
complaint procedures of the Piqua Police Department may be
Police Chief Bruce A. Jamison, CLEE
Piqua Police Department
100 N. Wayne Street
Piqua, OH 45356
Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Fax (937) 778-5124