Chapel Hill Police Department complaints
While the numbers of complaints and the findings are public record, the details and nature of the complaints and investigations are not; nor are the disciplinary actions levied against the officers.
Here are what the terms mean:
Exonerated—Officer acted appropriately.
Administratively closed—Withdrawn by complainant or the officer leaves the force during the investigation.
Total: 34 complaints.
Administratively closed 2
Total: 33 complaints.
Administratively closed 4
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Chapel Hill Police complaint process
Chapel Hill doesn't have a civilian police review board. Instead, complaints against police are handled internally; there is no official external board to review complaints or the investigation.
- If you have a complaint against a police officer, call 968-2767 or go to the station at 828 Martin Luther King Blvd., and ask to speak with an on-duty supervisor.
- The supervisor takes the complaint and asks you to fill out a Citizen Complaint/Inquiry Form, including your contact information and a description of what occurred.
- The form then goes to Lt. Kevin Gunter, the department's professional standards officer. He determines if it's a Type 1 complaint (excessive force, improper arrest, illegal search or violation of criminal law) or a Type 2 complaint (discourteous language, poor performance, improper demeanor) and assigns to be investigated within the police department.
- The investigation, usually conducted by a direct supervisor or command-level officer, includes interviewing the involved parties. In some cases, officers can be asked to take polygraph tests, participate in police line-ups and undergo blood or urine analysis. Type 2 complaints typically take a month to investigate. Type 1 complaints don't have a time frame.
- Once completed, the report returns to Gunter. He can recommend the complaint be sustained, not sustained, exonerated, unfounded or administratively closed.
- Police Chief Brian Curran determines the sanction for Type 1 offenses. He reviews recommendations for penalties involving Type 2 offenses. He notifies the involved employee and the complainant in writing.
Source: Chapel Hill Police Department