City of Takoma Park Police Department
● 7500 Maple Avenue ● Takoma Park, Md 20912
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January 17, 2014 (2:26 pm)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
INTERNAL AFFAIRS COMPLAINT INVESTIGATIONS
Chief Goldberg of the Takoma Park Police Department announces that, in keeping with the Police Department’s policy directives that require investigations of all complaints against the department or its employees, and that annual statistical summaries of such investigations by the internal affairs function be made available to the public, the following is the Takoma Park Police Department’s Summary of Complaints for calendar year (CY) 2013.
Seventeen formal complaints were recorded, with nine subjected to internal affairs investigations. Thirteen complaints were submitted by citizens, and the other four were generated internally by employees, the Chief of Police or the Command Staff. There were no complaints referred anonymously. Subjects of the complaints included a total of 16 sworn officers, some of whom were involved in more than one complaint. Of the nine Internal Affairs complaints investigated, one investigation involved the conclusion of an officer involved deadly force incident that occurred in 2011. One of the complaints involved an incident that occurred approximately two years earlier, but was reported in 2013.
Four of the 17 formal complaints were completed with determinations that resulted in sustained findings of improper conduct, and disciplinary measures warranted; five were determined to be unfounded, seven were referred to a supervisor for counseling in lieu of an internal investigation and one was regarding the officer involved deadly force incident, which was within policy. The disciplinary measures taken included: loss of leave involving two employees, departmental restrictions placed on one employee and one letter of counseling.
Residents are reminded that the process for making a complaint against a police employee is detailed on the City Police Web Page and in flyers available to the public in the Police Department lobby.
Use your cell phone to send an anonymous tip to the Takoma Park Police Department.
- Text to 847411
- Type TPPDTIP at the beginning of your message.
- Type your message, including as much detail as possible, to ensure that your tip is thoroughly investigated.
If you see a crime in progress, contact the Takoma Park Police at 301-270-1100. If you need to report an emergency that involves the need for fire or rescue services, call 9-1-1.