Internal Affairs is responsible for ensuring that our employees and volunteers follow the laws they are sworn to uphold, as well as meet the standards we have set for ourselves; “serving with honor and integrity”. We take these words very seriously; if one of us makes a mistake, it reflects poorly on all of us.
When a complaint is received from a citizen, or we are otherwise informed that a possible transgression has occurred, a Sergeant who is trained in internal investigations and who is not closely tied to the subject is assigned to investigate the allegations. Upon completion of the investigation, a report is completed and submitted to the Undersheriff. Upon his/her review, the Undersheriff determines whether a hearing board is necessary.
Should a hearing board be required, a board is culled of supervisors from different divisions of the Sheriff’s Office, and a hearing is held using information collected through the initial investigation and questions posed during the hearing itself. Witnesses may be called, and union representation may be present on behalf of the employee. The board then makes the final determination on whether the employee should be held accountable, and the Undersheriff determines the appropriate discipline.