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When a citizen has a complaint against a Police Department employee, they may contact any Police Department supervisor, who will forward the complaint to the appropriate person. Complaints that are relatively minor in nature will be directed to the employee's immediate supervisor. Allegations of serious misconduct will be forwarded to the Police Chief. A citizen may contact the Police Chief directly regarding any complaint.
The Texas Government Code requires that all complaints against police officers that may result in disciplinary action be in writing and signed by the person making the complaint. Complaints of misconduct that are less serious in nature need not be in writing. Complaints must be made within 30 days of the incident unless special circumstances exist. The Princeton Police Department takes all complaints seriously and will investigate each complaint received.
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The person who believes that an employee has wronged them, and persons who observe an employee guilty of wrongdoing may file a complaint. Other persons may give statements as witnesses in support of another person's complaint.
When an investigation finds that the charges against a police employee are true, the Police Chief notifies the employee and may take one of the predetermined actions:
Employees can appeal the Department's decision to uphold a complaint and the decision to discipline an employee.
Complaints must be supported by sufficient evidence. When the investigation cannot find the degree of evidence necessary to prove the employee acted improperly, the employee and the citizen will both be notified in writing.
You may appeal the findings of the internal or supervisory investigation to either: