Internal Affairs Complaint Investigations - News Release

NEWS RELEASE

City of Takoma Park Police Department

● 7500 Maple Avenue ● Takoma Park, Md 20912

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Public Information Officer (PIO)

Catherine Plevy, 301-891-7142 or 240-338-2901

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.

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