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.
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.
When appropriate, medical records are examined, physical evidence is gathered, and photographs may be taken.
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
Once the investigation is complete, the complaint/case is presented to the Chief of Police.
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.
Upon final disposition of the complaint, a written response detailing the outcome of the investigation will be sent to the citizen and employee involved.