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BPD fesses up on citizen complaint oversight

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 11:56:25 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

The Bloomington Police Department is coming clean about fifteen citizen complaints in 2009 and 2010 the department is not sure it investigated. Chief Randy McKinley says he has sent letters to those who complained asking for their input.

   

McKinley says an internal audit found the complaints had not had closing paperwork filed or evidence of an investigation. He says at least two citizens recently contacted say their concerns were addressed in a timely way. The complaints dealt with a range of issues including alleged officer rudeness and questions about the reason for certain traffic stops. The chief says the department needs to make sure dispositions were appropriate. He says the 15 complaints are only a small portion of those filed annually. McKinley says the oversights happened during a hiring freeze and a vacancy in the office of internal investigations. In that period, investigations were assigned on an ad hoc basis. The chief says it's crucial for the complaint process to be transparent so the public knows what has happened.

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