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Complaint of Police Conduct

  1. Investigation/Complaint Form

    You have the right to make a complaint against a police officer(s) for any improper police conduct. California Law requires this agency to have a procedure to investigate complaints of community members. You have a right to a written description of this procedure. Following an investigation, this agency may find that there is not enough evidence to warrant action on your complaint. However, even if that is the case, you have the right to make the complaint and to have it investigated if you believe an officer or staff member behaved improperly. Civilian complaints and any reports or findings related to complaints must be retained by this agency for at least five years.

  2. Was the complaint a result of:*
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  4. Procedure

    After you submit this form, a representative from the La Mesa PD will contact you to ask for more details on the incident.

    The La Mesa PD will review every complaint.  The Community Police Oversight Board will determine if an audit by the Independent Police Auditor is necessary.  If the auditor conducts an audit, the Oversight Board may make recommendations to the Chief of Police.  If the Chief of Police determines that an employee violated department policies or procedures, appropriate corrective action is taken. The Chief of Police’s review will also include looking for ways to improve policies, procedures, training, and service.

    You will receive written notification of the findings of any formal complaint. The possible findings are:

    • Unfounded - The alleged act did not occur.
    • Not Sustained - The investigation produced insufficient evidence.
    • Exonerated - The alleged act occurred, but was justified.
    • Sustained - The accused employee committed all or part of the alleged conduct.

    If the complaint is sustained, meaning there was a policy violation, the Chief of Police will determine whether the employee will be disciplined and/or receive additional training. Discipline may include: reprimand, suspension, demotion or termination. State law does not allow the release of the specific action taken against a public safety employee.

    Although we cannot guarantee you will be satisfied with the results of the investigation, we do guarantee that your complaint will be investigated thoroughly and fairly.

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