By Ariella Rams
It’s week two of the Public Awareness through Citizen Education program.
The topic? Internal affairs and traffic.
The police department takes officer misconduct complaints seriously, Lt. David Flutts said on Monday night. And last year, there were 44 formal investigations. Of those, 19 came from outside the police department. The rest came from fellow employees, he said.
The functions and duties of the internal affairs department, as outlined by Lt. Flutts, is to conduct administrative investigations, audits throughout Department, ongoing training throughout Department, Training of Department supervisors on Administrative Investigations, and “Custodian of Records” for Departmental personnel in court proceedings.
Lt. Flutts highlighted investigations regarding misconduct. First, you have to determine what the misconduct is according to the department’s rules, policies, procedures and regulations. Then, it is important to determine whether or not the misconduct was done on or off duty he said. Finally, it needs to be defined as criminal or administrative.
“You can’t go off quick images,” Lt. Flutts said. “You can’t go off quick videos or hear-say. That’s why an investigation goes into it.”
Once an administrative investigation is conducted, there are five possible conclusions.
An investigation can be sustained meaning the misconduct was proved. It can be not sustained, meaning the investigator was unable to prove or disprove. It can be exonerated, meaning the officer or employee didn’t violate any rules. It can be unfounded, meaning no proof was found, or it can be an inquiry only, meaning there wasn’t enough information to determine if anything happened.
Following the presentation on internal affairs, Officer John Roman shared his experiences from 18 years at the police department. .
Officer Roman conducts collision investigations on everything “curb to curb.” He helps with hit and run follow up, enforcement, assists drivers in exchanging info if necessary, and calls for service.
“I write more notes than anybody else,” he said. “I take more reports and anybody else.”
Along with describing the importance of collision investigations, Officer Roman shared his experience with fatal accidents- he showed pictures and described many scenes he’s been to.
Each year, there are between 41,000 to 43,000 collision fatalities, and of those, 37-40% involve drivers under the influence.
“So next time you see your buddy about to drive away from the bar, you might want to stop him,” he said.
Upcoming classes – which are designed to give participants a behind-the-scenes look at policing – include Homicide and Firearms Training Simulations.
Please check back here next week for more coverage.
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