Annual Statistics

Citizen Complaints

Ten (10) formal Citizen Complaints / Internal Affairs Investigations were conducted in 2016. Six (6) were Citizen Complaints and four (4) were Internal Affairs Investigations. Three (3) of the investigations named multiple officers/staff members. Two (2) involved two (2) officers and one of the complaints involved ten (10) officers. A total of eighteen (18) different officers/staff members were named in the complaints / investigations. Three (3) officers were named in two (2) separate complaints. All other officers/employees were named in only one Personnel Complaint.

# of Employees Involved # of Allegations Finding # of Occurrences
One employee 1 Not Sustained 1
One employee 1 Partially Sustained
(Counseled)
2
One employee 1 Exonerated 1
One employee 1 Unfounded 1
One employee 1 Sustained (Terminated) 1
One employee 1 Exonerated 1
Two employees 1 Exonerated
1
Two employees 2 Exonerated
Partially Sustained
1
Ten employees 3 Not Sustained
Not Sustained
Exonerated
1

Sustained = The allegation is supported by sufficient proof.
Not Sustained = The evidence is not sufficient to prove or disprove the allegation.
Unfounded = The allegation is false or otherwise not based on valid facts.
Exonerated = The incident that occurred or was complained against was lawful and proper.

The two (2) “Partially Sustained” findings resulted in the employees being counseled. In one (1) of the investigations that was “Sustained”, the employee received a Verbal Reprimand. In the other investigation that was “Sustained”, the employee was terminated. It’s important to note that the same employee who received the Verbal Reprimand was the same employee who was terminated; although the offenses were different. The situation involving ten employees did not specifically name an individual so all employees on the call were included in the investigation. Two of the allegations could not be proven true or false so they were “Not Sustained”. The other allegation was “Exonerated”.

Allegations raised in the complaints / investigations are as follows:

Type of Violation/Allegation Number of Allegations *3 complaints listed multiple offenses
Unprofessional/Improper Conduct 5
Abuse of Force 2
Improper Care of Equipment 1
Breach of Confidentiality 1
Insubordination 1
Violation of Computer Use Policy 1
Damage to Property 1

The two biggest concerns of citizens filing Personnel Complaints is the perception that officers are conducting themselves in an improper or unprofessional manner (42%) and using excessive force (17%).

Race of Complainants:

A review of the six (6) personnel complainants indicates that:
  • 3 of the complainants were White females (50%)
  • 3 of the complainants were White males (50%)

Minorities filed 0% of the personnel complaints.

Comparison by Shift/Work Unit:

A review of the complaints by Shift /Work Group indicates that:

  • 2 of the complaints involved First Shift Officers
  • 2 of the complaints involved Second Shift Officers
  • 0 of the complaints involved Third Shift/Overlap Officers
  • 3 of the complaints involved Detectives/SROs
  • 0 of the complaints involved Supervisors
  • 3 of the complaints involved Civilian Employees
Personal Complaints and Internal Affairs Investigations by Work Unit
Year Number of Personnel Complaints Average Per Month
2016 10 .8
2015 13 1.1
2014 16 1.3
2013 15 1.25
2012 14 1.2
2011 14 1.2
2010 17 1.4
2009 14 1.2
2008 9 .75
2007 18 1.5
2006 23 1.92
2005 24 2
2004 18 1.5
2003 25 2.08
2002 18 1.5
2001 27 2.25

The number of Citizen Complaints / Internal Investigations in 2016 decreased slightly from the number filed the previous two years. The Oshkosh Police Department has averaged 17.2 Personnel Complaints/Internal Investigations per year since 2001. The number of Citizen Complaints / Internal Investigations for 2016 is well below the sixteen year average and is actually the second lowest since 2001.

Citizens Complaints and Internal Affairs Investigation Totals by Year