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Internal Affairs Report
February 20, 2013

Internal Affairs Report - 2012

It is essential for the citizen complaint process to remain open and accessible to the public in order to maintain the public trust. Complaints may be received by the office in a variety of ways such as in person, by telephone, written letter, electronic mail or walk-in report.

To file a formal complaint a person must thoroughly complete, in written form, a departmental Citizen Complaint Form. The procedures to follow for filing a complaint are posted at the Police Information Desk in the front lobby of the Police Building.Persons wishing to file a complaint may:

· Request a complaint form from Service Desk personnel in the Police Building lobby

· Contact any on duty supervisor

· Contact the Internal Affairs Unit

· Go to the IPD website: http://www.ci.independence.mo.us/ipd/

There were 21 formal complaints (alleging 37 violations) filed in 2012. The final dispositions of those complaints/violations were as follows:

· Exonerated – 5

· Not Sustained – 8

· Sustained – 13

· Unfounded – 1

· Closed/Non-Cooperation – 10

In addition to the complaint and concern side of the Internal Affairs Unit; recruitment, selection and retention of police personnel is an ongoing endeavor. In 2012 the office processed 133 applicants for police officer positions and 1712 applicants for other positions within the department. 11 Police Officers and 17 new support personnel were hired in 2012. In 2012 there were 198 sworn police officers and 90 civilians employed.

In 2012 there were 82 Response to Force incidents conducted by police officers. 4 officers sustained minor injuries as a result of those incidents.

Of the 82 suspects involved in the Response to Force incidents; 34 received no injuries and 48 received minor injuries. 35 of the incidents involved suspects under the influence of drugs/alcohol. 116 total actions were taken by involved officers to resolve the incidents. Those actions included:

· Physical Force – 61 actions

· LVNR – 4 actions

· OC Chemical Spray – 0 actions

· Taser Application – 40 actions

· K-9 – 7 actions

· Impact – 2 action

· Firearm – 2 actions

Considering that 11,968 people were booked into police detention in 2012 this equates to .7% of persons arrested/booked being involved in Response to Force incidents.

The 2012 racial and gender Response to Force statistics for the 82 suspects are as follows:

· White Males – 55 (67.1%)

· Black Males – 12 (14.6%)

· Hispanic Males – 1 (1.2%)

· Asian/Pacific Islander Males – 1 (1.2%)

· White Females – 11 (13.4%)

· Black Females – 2 (2.4%)

 

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