A citizen’s complaint is a formal allegation of employee misconduct within the meaning of California Penal Code section 832.5(a) which may result in a formal investigation. A Citizen’s complaint may also be directed at established policy or operational procedures.
The Los Rios Community College Police Department welcomes valid complaints about its service or personnel. Your constructive comments provide an open channel of communication between the Los Rios Police Department and the campus community. They help us protect the campus community from possible misconduct, and to provide a basis for a thorough and impartial investigative procedure. It is the policy of the Los Rios Police Department, and the law, to accept and thoroughly investigate all complaints concerning the conduct of its personnel or operations, and to make available to the public a written description of its complaint procedure in compliance with California Penal Code section 832.5(a).
The following advisement is required by state law
You have the right to make a complaint against a police officer for any improper police conduct. California law requires this agency to have a procedure to investigate citizens’ complaints.
You have a right to a written description of this procedure. This agency may find after the investigation, that there is not enough evidence to warrant action on your complaint; even if that is the case, you have the right to make the complaint and have it investigated if you believe an officer has behaved improperly. Citizen complaints and any reports or findings related to complaints must be retained by this agency for at least five years.
Effect on Criminal Prosecution
The investigation within this department of the conduct of its employees and the District Attorney’s prosecution of a criminal case are two entirely separate matters. If a person arrested by District police officers files a citizen’s complaint against those officers, such action will not affect the prosecutor’s independent decision to proceed with criminal action.
If your complaint involves any Los Rios Police Department employee, you will be asked to provide as much of the following information as you have available:
Your name and phone number.
The name, badge number, vehicle number, and/or physical description of the employee(s).
The date, time, and location of the incident.
The acts or actions you have a complaint about.
If your complaint involves a policy or service of the Los Rios Police Department, you will be asked to provide as much of the following information as you have available:
Your name and phone number.
The policy or service you have a complaint about.
There are several ways to submit a complaint to the Los Rios Police Department.
In Person. Ask to speak to the Police Sergeant at American River College, Cosumnes River College, Folsom Lake College, or Sacramento City College.
By Phone. Please contact the appropriate Police Office and ask to speak to the Police Sergeant.
Mail/Fax. Send a letter or fax to the appropriate Los Rios Police Department, attention Police Sergeant.