2011 Office of Professional Accountability Summary

Of the 24 formal investigations conducted by the Office of Professional Accountability in 2011, 11 were determined to be sustained complaints. The discipline ranged from an oral reprimand to separation from employment. In 2011, there were 112,647 calls for service.

OPA 11-01

A citizen reported that an officer acted inappropriately while handling a conflict between several individuals.  The investigation revealed the officer used some terminology that could easily be taken as unprofessional or rude.

The complaint was sustained.

OPA 11-02

An officer engaged in a vehicle pursuit which reached high speeds in the downtown area.  The violation which initiated the call and pursuit did not warrant the speeds driven by the officer.

The complaint was sustained.

OPA 11-03   

A citizen reported that an officer failed to properly investigate a battery.  Investigation revealed that the case was properly documented and investigated to the extent possible.

The officer was exonerated.

OPA 11-04

A citizen reported that the citizen was not treated fairly and officers did not properly investigate a dispute the citizen had with other another group.   The original allegations were not sustained, but investigation revealed that an officer failed to document the name of one of the parties involved.

The complaint was not sustained.

OPA 11-05

A citizen reported an officer did not adequately respond to and handle a domestic dispute.  Investigation revealed that the officer should have completed an offense report in relation to this call, but failed to do so.

The complaint was sustained.

OPA 11-06

Contrary to policy, an officer did not cooperate with an investigation regarding work performance.

The complaint was sustained.

OPA 11-07

A citizen observed an officer ride a police bicycle contrary to the traffic code without an emergency reason to do so.  Investigation revealed the citizen’s allegations were correct.

The complaint was sustained.

OPA 11-08

A citizen complained that officers did not have a valid reason for contacting the citizen.  Investigation revealed the officers properly responded to the reported disturbance and the contact was appropriate.

The officers were exonerated.

OPA 11-09

An anonymous complaint led to the investigation of officers for violation of the department’s gratuity and solicitation policy.   

The complaint was sustained.

OPA 11-10

An investigation into the interaction between two officers revealed unprofessional conduct.

The complaint was sustained.

OPA 11-11

A citizen reported that an officer stopped the citizen based upon the citizen’s race/ethnicity. Investigation revealed no racial motivation for the officer’s decision to stop or to cite the citizen.

The officer was exonerated.

OPA 11-12

A citizen reported that, without cause to do so, an officer punched the citizen in the face during an arrest.  Investigation revealed there was no basis for the allegation.

The officer was exonerated.

OPA 11-13

An officer was rude and used profanity in anger toward another officer.

The complaint was sustained.

OPA 11-14

An officer failed to properly document and initiate an investigation during a disturbance call.         

The complaint was sustained.

OPA 11-15

A citizen reported that an officer was rude and unprofessional to the citizen during a disturbance call. 

The complaint was not sustained.

OPA 11-16

A citizen reported that an officer was rude and unprofessional during a suspicious activity call.

The complaint was not sustained.

OPA 11-17

A citizen reported that an officer was rude while removing subjects from the scene of a disturbance.

The officer was exonerated.

OPA 11-18

A civilian employee failed to inform the Department of a matter that policy required them to do so.

The complaint was sustained.

OPA 11-19

An officer was unprofessional and sarcastic during a call for service.

The complaint was sustained.

OPA 11-20

An allegation was received that an officer was unprofessional during a vehicle stop and subsequent citizen contact.

The complaint was not sustained.

OPA 11-21

A citizen reported that their child was taken into custody without just cause during an investigation.

The complaint was dismissed.

OPA 11-22

A citizen reported that officers entered the citizen’s home and made an unlawful arrest.  The arrest was determined to be lawful.

The officers were exonerated.

OPA 11-23

A citizen reported that an officer was rude during a call.

The officer was exonerated.

OPA 11-24

After the court action, a citizen reported that officers coerced her daughter into confessing to a crime.

The officers were exonerated.

 

Total 24
Sustained 11
Exonerated 8
Unfounded 0
Not Sustained 4
Dismissed/Withdrawn by Citizen 1
Pending 0
Disciplinary Action Taken 11
Racial Profiling Complaints 1

 

Citizen Generated Complaint 17
Internally Generated Complaint 7
   
Total 24