The Culver City Police Department in compliance with California Penal Section 832.5 has established a procedure to investigate complaints against employees of the department. This following describes that procedure.
The Department’s procedures are designed to fairly and equitably investigate complaints against department personnel, and to detect and take corrective actions against employees who conduct themselves improperly. It is also intended to protect police personnel from false complaints.
It is the objective of this department to provide a prompt and expeditious resolution of investigations regarding the conduct of department employees. A thorough investigation will be made pursuant to allegations of misconduct.
Anyone who is directly involved or witnesses an incident may file a complaint. This may include a parent or representative of an involved party.
Complaints will be directed to the employee’s immediate supervisor, if available, or the on-duty watch commander who can be reached at (310) 253-6202.
Complaints will be accepted in person, in writing or by telephone. The complainant will be asked to give the names of all the parties and witnesses involved. The complainant will also be asked to give a complete and thorough statement.
Under normal circumstances, the complaint will be investigated by the employee’s immediate supervisors. The investigation will be reviewed by department management personnel to insure its thoroughness. The complete investigation, including any management recommendations, will be forwarded to the Chief of Police.
The Chief of Police, after reviewing all aspects of the investigation, will make the final decision as to the validity of the complaint, and if sustained, what action will be taken by the Police Department.
Both the person making the complaint and the employee involved will be notified in writing of the findings at the completion of the investigation. State law prohibits the disclosure of specific information regarding personnel actions involving police officers.