Citizen Complaint Information
In order to maintain the integrity of the Clark Police Department, the Internal Affairs Unit has the duty to fairly, objectively, and thoroughly investigate all complaints to their logical conclusion, while keeping the complainant informed of the status of their complaint. It is in the best interests of everyone that your complaint about the performance of an individual officer is resolved fairly and promptly.
The members of the Clark Police Department are committed to providing law enforcement services that are fair, effective and impartially applied. If there is a point at which an individual would like to officially file a complaint about an officer or employee, the department has formal procedures for investigating.
The Clark Police Department is committed to:
- Accepting Reports or complaints of misconduct from any person, including those currently under arrest or in custody, regardless of the age, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation disability or immigration status of the complaining party.
- Receiving complaints and reports at any time of day or night on any day of the week including from anonymous sources.
- Sending the information to a superior officer, a specially trained internal affairs officer or the Union County Prosecutor’s Office as may be required depending on the offense, who will conduct a thorough and objective investigation
The 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, please know:
- The complainant might be asked to help in the investigation by giving a detailed statement about what happened or by providing other important information or documents if not submitted anonymously.
- If the investigation shows that a crime might have been committed, the complainant might be asked to testify in court.
- If the investigation results in an officer being charged with a violation of department rules, the complainant might be asked to testify in a departmental hearing
- If our investigation shows that the complaint is unfounded or that the officer acted properly, the matter will be closed.
- Internal Affairs investigations are confidential, and all disciplinary hearings shall be closed to the public unless the defendant officer requests an open hearing. However, if requested, and the complainant provides contact information, the exact discipline imposed is restricted, but one can be advised of the ultimate finding, 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 or training.
- 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.