a complaint is initiated, it is forwarded to Internal Affairs Group,
which is responsible for the receipt, coordination, assignment, and
tracking of investigations. Internal Affairs Group will provide you
with written acknowledgment that your complaint has been received. They
also forward a copy of the complaint to the Office of the Inspector
The assigned investigating supervisor will contact you to conduct an
interview. Interviews will then be conducted with identified witnesses
and officers. Department policy allows complaint investigators up to
one year to complete an investigation; however, all investigations do
not require that amount of time.
the investigation is completed, a commanding officer prepares a written report,
which includes a recommended adjudication for each allegation. The Chief of Police
reviews and approves the findings and adjudications of sustained investigations.
The Inspector General also reviews all completed investigations. This review process
assists in ensuring a thorough and accurate investigation and equity in discipline
for all personnel. At the end of the process, you will receive written notification
of the adjudication. If you have, at any time during the process, contacted the
Office of the Inspector General for a review, you will also be notified of their
question frequently arises whether complaints to the Office of the Inspector
General are kept confidential. Ordinarily, when we receive a report
or complaint of misconduct, that complaint, including the identity of
the complainant, is forwarded to the LAPD's Internal Affairs Department
for investigation. The OIG reviews the completed Internal Affairs investigation
and analyzes it for thoroughness, objectivity, and the appropriateness
of the findings and punishment, if any.
who are concerned that their complaints be kept confidential should
note that the policy of the Police Commission is as follows:
"The Inspector General shall not disclose the identity of a complainant
or witness without the individual's consent, unless such disclosure
is unavoidable in order to investigate an allegation effectively or
is otherwise required by law or the City Attorney's Office, provided,
however, that the Inspector General shall disclose the identity of such
individual to the Board of Police Commissioners, upon request. The Office
of the Inspector General is not afforded an absolute privilege protecting
conversations with complaining persons or witnesses, as a matter of
law. Accordingly, any individual who requests anonymity from the Inspector
General shall be accurately informed of the inability to guarantee anonymity."
other words, complainants who seek confidentiality must understand that
their identity or other information regarding their complaint might
be disclosed in certain circumstances, such as where it is essential
in order to investigate the allegation, or where disclosure is compelled
by the City Attorney, the Police Commission, or by other legal authority.
The Inspector General's Office will strive to maintain the confidentiality
of complainants subject to these provisions, and will at all times be
vigilant in protecting complainants from retaliation and reprisal.