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Additional Information:

Complaints are categorized into the following. Force—whether the extent and/or use of force was justified. Abuse of Authority—racial profiling or other biased policing, unauthorized search and seizure, or inappropriate entry onto property. Discourtesy—rude or unprofessional manner, rude or offensive gestures, or general profanity. Offense Language—language that degrades on the basis of ethnicity, race, sex, sexual orientation, or any other protected class. Department Rule Violations/Other—any other violation that is a breach of Department directives that does not fit into the above categories, such as Neglect of Duty. A brief description of each submission may be found by downloading this dataset.

Complaints may have several results or findings with the definitions below:

    Unfounded—The investigation indicates that the act or acts complained of did not occur or failed to involve police personnel.
    Exonerated—Acts reported did occur, but were justified, lawful and proper.
    Non-sustained—Investigation fails to disclose sufficient evidence to clearly prove the allegations made in the complaint.
    Sustained—The investigation disclosed sufficient evidence to clearly prove the allegations made in the complaint.
    Non-involved—The investigation establishes that the individual named in the complaint is not involved in the alleged incident.
    Incomplete—The complainant began making the complaint but did not complete.

For more information see the the Directive on Quality Control, Internal Investigations & Discipline. For more information or directions on how to voice concerns see Compliments or Service Concerns on the BPD website.

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