Thirteen (13) formal citizen complaints / internal affairs investigations were conducted in 2015. Eleven (11) were citizen complaints and two (2) were internal affairs investigations. Four (4) of the investigations named multiple officers/staff members. Three (3) involved two (2) officers and one of the complaints involved (3) officers. A total of seventeen (17) different officers/staff members were named in the complaints / investigations. One officer was named in two (2) complaints. All other officers/employees were named in only one personnel complaint.
Of the thirteen (13) investigations completed:
|# of Employees Involved||# of Allegations||Finding||# of Occurrences|
|One employee||1||Unfounded & Exonerated||4|
|One employee||1||Factual Dispute||1|
|One employee||1||Partially Sustained||2|
|Two employees||1||Not Sustained
|Three employees||2||Unfounded & Exonerated
Unfounded & Exonerated
Unfounded & Exonerated
The two (2) “Partially Sustained” findings resulted in the employees being counseled. It’s important to note that one officer was counseled and did not receive discipline due to retirement. In the one (1) investigation that was “Sustained,” the officer received a two-day, unpaid suspension and a 2 year ban from working enforcement overtime grant details.
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 *2 complaints listed multiple offenses|
|Abuse of Force||5|
|Failure to Follow Procedures||3|
|Alchohol Use (off duty)||1|
The three biggest concerns of citizens filing personnel complaints is the perception that officers are using excessive force (33%), are conducting themselves in an improper or unprofessional manner (33%) and are not following procedures (20%).
A review of the thirteen (11) personnel complainants indicates that:
- 5 of the complainants were White females (45.5% )
- 4 of the complainants were White males (36.4%)
- 1 of the complainants was an African-American female (9.1%)
- 1 of the complainants was an African-American male (9.1%)
Minorities filed 18.2% of the personnel complaints.
Comparison by Shift/Work Unit:
A review of the complaints by Shift /Wwork Group indicates that:
- 4 of the complaints involved First Shift Officers
- 4 of the complaints involved Second Shift Officers
- 3 of the complaints involved Third Shift/Overlap Officers
- 2 of the complaints involved Detectives/SROs
- 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 2015 decreased slightly from the number filed the previous two years. The Oshkosh Police Department has averaged 17.4 personnel complaints/internal investigations per year since 1999. The number of citizen complaints / internal investigations for 2015 is below the seventeen year average.