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Minor complaints are often handled immediately. The investigation of serious charges may take up to thirty days unless circumstances necessitate additional time.
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A complaint may be initiated in person, by telephone, by letter or online using the Citizen Complaint Form. Complaints can be filed 24 hours a day with a police supervisor. During regular business hours, other administrative personnel are also available to take a complaint.
If the complaint is against the Deputy Chief, Captain, Support Services Manager, Detective Lieutenant, Lieutenant or the Communications Coordinator the complaint should be filed with the Chief of Police. It the complaint is against the Chief of Police the complaint should be filed with the Whitewater Police and Fire Commission.
Yes, just have a parent or legal guardian present with you.
No, however, anonymous complaints can be difficult to investigate and thus the conclusion might not be what you expected. Also, if the investigation results in criminal action against the employee, you may be needed for successful prosecution.
Yes, the employee will eventually be advised of the allegation made against him/her and, if the complainant has identified himself/herself, the identity of the person making the allegation will be provided to the employee.
Absolutely not! It is essential that public confidence be maintained so that we may properly investigate and adjudicate complaints.
If the investigation shows misconduct, the employee will be disciplined according to the seriousness of the rules violation. Disciplinary actions range from oral reprimand to suspension or in extreme cases, termination. If the allegation is criminal in nature, the case will be presented for prosecution. Other appropriate remedies include policy change and retraining.
Yes, once the investigation has been completed, you will be informed of the results if you have identified yourself when making the complaint.
You may contact the Whitewater Police and Fire Commission, or in the case of possible criminal violations, you may contact the District Attorney.
Malicious and deliberate false accusations are occasionally made against the agency or its personnel. It is important to note that making a false statement which you know to be untrue may subject you to criminal charges and or a civil lawsuit by the agency or its employee.
If you have any questions or would like further information or assistance in filing a complaint, contact the Whitewater Police in person, by telephone at 262-473-0555, or by emailing the Police Department.