Civilian Complaint

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Introduction

The Chief of Police has a legal mandate to ensure procedures exist for investigating complaints made by members of the public against Police Department personnel.

The Salinas Police Department has made diligent efforts to achieve its professional status and it is our desire to provide an acessible and fair process whereby it will be throroughly investigated.

Allegations of misconduct against Department personnel are investigated thoroughly and objectively, and appropriate action taken, with the goals of maintaining the integrity of the Department and the confidence of the public.

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CIVILIAN COMPLAINT FORM

SALINAS POLICE COMPLAINT POLICY

You May Also File Your Complaint Via Email Directly To:

[email protected]

Salinas Police Department
INTERNAL AFFAIRS DIVISION
222 Lincoln Ave
Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 758-7280

Procedures

Every civilian has the right to make a complaint against any employee of the Police Department. The complaint may be made to any supervisor or the Internal Affairs Division. A complaint may be made in person, by telephone, by mail, by email, or by a person not directly involved in the incident. Complaints may also be made anonymously. The Department will release to the complaining party a copy of his or her own signed statement when the complaint is filed in person. All others will be mailed.

Once a complaint is received, the following procedure is followed:

  • The complaint is forwarded to the Internal Affairs Division where it is given a file number and assigned for investigation.
  • The person filing the complaint will be sent a letter acknowledging the Department has received the complaint and indicating the file number.
  • Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be forwarded to the Assitant Chiefs and/or Chief of Police for final disposition and appropriate action
  • After the Police Department completes its review of the case, the complainant will be sent another letter advising that the investigation has been completed.

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