Citizen Complaint Information
The members of the Alpine Police Department are committed to providing law enforcement
services that are fair, effective, and impartially applied. It is in the best interests of everyone that your complaint about
the performance of an individual officer is resolved fairly and promptly. The Alpine Police Department has formal procedures
for investigating your complaint. These procedures are designed to ensure fairness and protect the rights of both citizens
and law enforcement officers:
1. Reports or Complaints
of officer/employee misconduct must be accepted from any person, including anonymous sources, at any time.
2. Complaints shall be
accepted regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or immigration status of the
3. Your complaint will
be sent to a superior officer or a specially trained internal affairs officer who will conduct a thorough and objective investigation.
4. You might be asked
to help in the investigation by giving a detailed statement about what happened or providing other important information or
5. All complaints against law enforcement officers are thoroughly investigated. If requested, you will be kept
informed of the status of the investigation and its ultimate outcome. The exact discipline imposed is confidential, but you
will be advised of the ultimate findings, namely:
Sustained: A preponderance of the evidence shows an officer violated any law; regulation; directive; guideline,
policy, or procedure issued by the Attorney General or County Prosecutor; agency protocol; standing operating procedure; rule;
Unfounded: A preponderance of the evidence shows that the alleged misconduct did not occur.
· Exonerated: A preponderance of the evidence shows
the alleged conduct did occur, but did not violate any law; regulation; directive, guideline, policy, or procedure issued
by the Attorney General or County Prosecutor; agency protocol; standing operating procedure; rule; or training.
· Not Sustained: The investigation failed to disclose
sufficient evidence to clearly prove or disprove the allegation.
6. If our investigation shows that a crime might have been committed,
the county prosecutor will be notified. You might be asked to testify in court.
7. If our investigation results in an officer
being charged with a violation of department rules, you might be asked to testify in a departmental hearing.
8. If our investigation
shows that the complaint is unfounded or that the officer acted properly, the matter will be closed.
9. Internal affairs investigations
are confidential and all disciplinary hearings shall be closed to the public unless the defendant officer requests an open
10. You may call the Alpine Police Department at (201) 768-0881 with any additional information or any questions
about the case.
*It is unlawful to provide
information in this matter which you do not believe to be true.
*You may call Acting Chief Matthew S. Kent at 201-784-2910 with any concerns you may have about
wish to submit a citizen complaint against an officer, complete the form below and return it to Police Headquarters.