Sixteen (16) formal citizen complaints / internal affairs investigations were conducted in 2014. Thirteen (13) were citizen complaints and three (3) were internal affairs investigations. Three (3) of the investigations named multiple officers/staff members with one of the complaints involving three (3) officers. A total of fifteen (15) different officers/staff members were named in the complaints / investigations. Five officers were named in two (2) complaints. All other officers/employees were named in only one personnel complaint.
Of the sixteen (16) investigations completed:
|# of Employees Involved||# of Allegations||Finding||# of Occurrences|
|One employee||1||Unfounded & Exonerated||5|
|One employee||1||Not Sustained||3|
|One employee||2||Unfounded & Exonerated
Unfounded & Exonerated
|Two employees||2||Unfounded & Exonerated
Unfounded & Exonerated
|Three employees||2||Unfounded & Exonerated
In the one (1) investigation that was "Sustained," the officer received a one-day, unpaid suspension. In the one (1) investigation that was "Partially Sustained," the officer was counseled and no formal discipline was issued.
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.
Allegations raised in the complaints / investigations are as follows:
|Type of Violation/Allegation||Number of Allegations *5 complaints listed multiple offenses|
|Abuse of Force||6|
|Failure to Follow Procedures||4|
|Failure to ID Self||1|
|Associate with a Criminal||1|
|Compromise an Investigation||1|
The three biggest concerns of citizens filing personnel complaints is the perception that officers are using excessive force (27%), are not following procedures (18%) and are conducting themselves in an improper or unprofessional manner (14%).
A review of the thirteen (13) personnel complainants indicates that:
- 6 of the complainants were White males (46.1% )
- 4 of the complainants were White females (30.8%)
- 2 of the complainants were African-American females (15.4%)
- 1 of the complainants was a Hispanic female (7.7%)
Minorities filed (23.1%) of the personnel complaints. The minority population base of the Oshkosh area is approximately 9.5%.
Comparison by Shift/Work Unit:
A review of the complaints by shift / work group indicates that:
- 4 of the complaints involved First Shift Officers
- 9 of the complaints involved Second Shift Officers
- 2 of the complaints involved Third Shift/Overlap Officers
- 1 of the complaints involved Detectives/PSLOs
- 0 of the complaints involved Supervisors
- 0 of the complaints involved Civilian Employees
|Year||Number of Personnel Complaints||Average Per Month|
The number of citizen complaints / internal investigations in 2014 was comparable to the number the previous two years. The Oshkosh Police Department has averaged 17.6 personnel complaints/internal investigations per year since 1999. The number of citizen complaints / internal investigations for 2014 is slightly below the sixteen year average.