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How Do Decatur Police Address Citizen Complaints?

A Decatur-Avondale Estates Patch review of complaints filed in recent years shows most are dismissed as unfounded or unsustained following department investigations.

The Decatur police say they take citizen complaints against officers seriously and appropriate action when necessary.

A Decatur-Avondale Estates Patch review of complaints filed in recent years shows most are dismissed as unfounded or unsustained following department investigations.

Most of the complaints concern police officers' courtesy or conduct.

But in a few cases, the department has taken more serious action.

In 2012, one officer was fired following an investigation of an abuse of position complaint. A second officer resigned that same year to avoid being fired on an unbecoming conduct complaint.

The focus on the department's actions with respect to citizen complaints comes as it investigates a case of alleged racial profiling involving a black homeowner.

The results of the department's probe into the matter could be completed as early as Friday.

We wanted to see the volume of complaints the department receives each year and their resolution.

These are the results:

2012:
Complaints: 12
  • Unfounded: 7
  • Not Sustained: 2
  • Withdrawn: 1
  • Sustained: 2
  • Resolution in Sustained Cases: 1 termination and 1 resignation
2011:
Complaints: 24
  • Exonerated: 15
  • Not Sustained: 8**
  • Sustained: 1
  • Resolution in Sustained Cases: 2* oral reprimands
2010:
Complaints: 26
  • Exonerated: 16
  • Not Sustained/Unfounded: 4**
  • Withdrawn: 1 
  • Sustained: 5
  • Resolution in Sustained Cases: 4 oral reprimands, 1 written reprimand, 1 suspension and 1 demotion
2009:
Complaints: 30
  • Exonerated: 13
  • Not Sustained/Unfounded: 13
  • Sustained: 4
  • Resolution in Sustained Cases: 3 oral reprimands, 1 written reprimand
2008:
Complaints: 25
  • Not Sustained/Unfounded: 19
  • Sustained: 6
  • Resolution in Sustained Cases: 1 one-day suspension, 2 oral reprimands, 2 written reprimands, 1 counseling
(*In one of the complaint cases, the allegation was unsubstantiated, but investigators found another policy violation, which ended in an oral reprimand of that officer
ten January 24, 2014 at 09:20 AM
Nice grammar on the title.... "How does Decatur police address citizens complaints"
Péralte Paul (Editor) January 24, 2014 at 02:08 PM
Mea Culpa, Ten! Thanks for the catch.

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