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Takoma Park Police Find Improper Conduct in Six Internal Affairs Investigations

Six internal affairs investigation by Takoma Park police in 2017 resulted in findings of improper conduct that led to disciplinary measures, a police statement issued Thursday said.

The measures taken were handled administratively and resulted in suspensions, loss of leave, written reprimands and assignments to classes to address specific issues, the statement said.

Two complaints are still pending investigations because of case-specific circumstances, according to the statement.

Body-worn camera footage footage proved four cases to be false and two that were sustained based on their review, the statement said.

Over the course of the year, city police received 17 formal complaints, leading to eight investigations, according to the statement.

Nine complaints were referred to a supervisor for investigation/counseling sessions in lieu of an internal investigation.

Residents submitted 14 complaints, an employee filed two complaints, and another law enforcement agency filed another complaint, the statement said.

There was one complaint referred anonymously.

In 2016, the department received 18 complaints.

Police department policies require investigations of all complaints against the department or its employees, and that annual statistical summaries of such investigations by the internal affairs function are made available to the public.

In 2017, officers had a total of 14,200 contacts with the public, which included calls for service, self-initiated calls (a police officer initiates these types of calls and gives them to dispatch, i.e., loiterers, suspicious subjects, parking, etc.) and traffic stops.  The complaints represent 0.12 percent of all contacts.

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