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Frequently Asked Questions

Who may file a complaint?
Any person may file a complaint regardless of age, location of residence, nationality or personal characteristics.

What are the time limitations for filing a complaint?
It is important that complaints be filed as soon as possible. Complaints alleging misconduct (excluding allegations of criminal conduct) must be filed within six months of the incident.

Can a complaint be withdrawn once it is filed?
A complaint may be withdrawn at any time, but depending on the nature of the complaint, the investigation may continue and discipline will be implemented if appropriate.

When will the department refuse to take complaints?
Unless approved by the chief of police, the department will not receive anonymous complaints, complaints disputing the legality of an arrest, or complaints from persons under the influence of alcohol or drugs.