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<br />SURPRISE POLICE DEPARTMENT <br /> <br />ADMINISTRATIVE INVESTIGATION PROCEDURESROC-03 <br /> <br />EFFECTIVE LAST REVISED NEW REVISED CALEA PAGE <br />DATE DATE DATE STANDARDS MET <br />1 of 21 <br />02-11-11 05-02-19 YES <br />12-16-02 <br /> <br />This revision combines ROC-03, ROC-03, Add. 1, ROC-03, Add. 2, and ROC-03, Add. 3 <br /> <br />I. PURPOSE <br /> <br />This policy establishes responsibility and authority for investigations into all <br />complaints made against the Surprise Police Department or any member of the <br />Department, and to provide procedures for the prompt and thorough <br />investigation of all complaints and allegations involving a member of the Surprise <br />Police Department. This policy defines the responsibility of Department <br />functions and members for the investigation and review of complaints and <br />allegations against Department members. Additionally, this policy provides <br />procedures that will ensure confidentiality, security, and required retention of <br />investigative files. <br /> <br />II. POLICY <br /> <br /> The Surprise Police Department recognizes the importance of maintaining <br />credibility and public trust, and in doing so will comply with the following: <br /> <br />A. The Chief of Police is responsible for the maintenance of discipline within <br />the Department. <br />B. The coordination of the investigation into complaints against Department <br />members will be the responsibility of the Professional Standards Unit <br />(PSU) under the direction of the Professional Standards Unit Lieutenant. <br />The PSU Lieutenant reports directly to the Chief of Police or designee. <br />(26.1.5, 52.1.3, 52.2.1b) <br />C. All complaints made against the Surprise Police Department or any <br />member of the Department will be investigated thoroughly and fairly, <br />ensuring Department members are afforded all their rights. (52.1.1) <br />D. Department members must be protected against false allegations of <br />misconduct. This can only be accomplished through a consistent and <br />thorough investigative process. Prompt, thorough investigations will be <br />conducted into allegations to establish facts. <br />E. The intentional submission of a false complaint alleging criminal conduct <br />against a Department member may result in criminal charges being filed <br />against the complainant in accordance with ARS 13-2907.01. <br />F. All members committed to compliance with the policies and procedures of <br />the City of Surprise and the Department when they were hired. Members <br />are reminded that they will be terminated for refusing to cooperate with an <br />administrative investigation or refusing to answer questions, narrowly <br />directed, relating to their official actions or obligations which were <br />assumed upon appointment to the Department. <br /> <br />