CITIZEN COMPLAINTS

The professional integrity of the Middletown Borough Police Department and its employees is paramount to maintaining the public trust of a community. It is therefore essential to provide for a process by which complaints that allege inappropriate, wrongful, or illegal conduct from both within and outside the Department be received and properly investigated.

This process must seek the veracity of all allegations with diligence, objectivity, and sincerity. In keeping with this objective, this directive shall establish procedures for documenting and investigating complaints and allegations to maintain the integrity of the Middletown Borough Police Department.

It is the policy of the Middletown Borough Police Department to investigate complaints against a member of the department through a regulated and impartial internal investigation.

The department accepts, and shall investigate, all complaints made against the department or its employees, including anonymous complaints, as well as complaints concerning officer’s off-duty conduct that have a nexus to their duties and responsibilities as an employee of the department.

The department encourages complaints to be in writing and signed. The department provides citizens who file complaints a Complaint Statement Form. This form includes information notifying individual filing a complaint of Title18 PA C.S., Sections 4904 and 4906, dealing with False Reports, and Unsworn Falsification.  A person commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, if he/she knowingly gives false information to any law enforcement officer with intent to implicate another individual (civilian or officer).

Citizens may file a complaint using the Complaint Statement Form by mail to Chief of Police, Middletown Borough Police Department, 300 East Emaus Street, Middletown, PA. 17057.

Complaint Statement Forms may also be submitted by e-mail to jbey@middletownborough.com. Complaints may also be registered in person or by phone.

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