Complaint of Agency or Employee Misconduct
Any person may initiate a complaint of misconduct against the Austintown Police Department or any of its employees. Complaints may be submitted in person, by telephone, by mail, by facsimile (FAX), or electronically (E-mail). Complaints may be submitted by a victim of or witness to alleged misconduct, a third party having information of alleged misconduct, an anonymous person, or an employee. All complaints will be reviewed by the Chief of Police as part of the internal affairs function.
Any employee against whom a complaint has been made is prohibited from securing or attempting to secure, directly or indirectly, by threat, appeal, persuasion, or payment or promises of reward or retaliation, the withdrawal of the complaint, the refusal by any person to cooperate with the investigation, or the intercession of any official or other person to cause the complaint to be withdrawn or abandoned.
All complaints shall be promptly and thoroughly investigated. Investigations shall commence as soon as practicable and be completed within forty-five (45) days of receipt by the Chief of Police. In the event that, for reasonable cause, an investigation cannot be completed within 45 days, the Chief of Police may extend the investigation as circumstances may require. The complaining person shall be informed of the extension of any investigation beyond 45 days, and every 30 days thereafter until the investigation is completed. An investigation is completed when the Chief of Police either determines that no misconduct occurred, issues disciplinary or corrective action, or forwards a request for disciplinary action to the Board of Trustees.
The Chief of Police will notify the complaining person in writing of the final disposition of the complaint.
If you have a complaint – or a compliment – please contact us at:
Phone: 330-799-9721 Fax: 330-799-8651 or
Address: 92 Ohltown Rd, Austintown, OH 44515