A proper relationship between the Tallahassee Police Department and the citizens of Tallahassee, fostered by confidence and trust, is essential for the effective delivery of law enforcement services. The purpose of the Internal Affairs Unit is to conduct compliance reviews and maintain records of various high-liability police actions, coordinate and assess secondary employment opportunities, and process, investigate, and maintain managerial oversight of citizen complaints (and any subsequent investigations) to ensure Police Department personnel comply with professional standards.
In order to accomplish this purpose the Internal Affairs Unit is responsible for the following:
- Internal Investigations (Formal Complaints)
- Contact Reports (Informal Complaints)
- Special Investigations (Firearm Discharges)
- Vehicle Pursuit Compliance Reviews
- Use of Force Compliance Reviews
- Employee Traffic Crash Compliance Reviews
- Secondary Employment Coordination and Compliance Reviews
- Employee Early Intervention Program
TPD Response to Resistance / Pursuits – Policies and Practices
Complaint Reporting Procedure
The Internal Affairs Unit is committed to providing citizens with a fair and effective avenue to seek resolution for complaints against department employees and to protect employees from false allegations of misconduct.
Complaints can be made directly to the Internal Affairs Unit 24 hours-a-day via mail, e-mail, the online complaint form on Talgov.com, or telephone (850-891-4321; please leave a voice message after business hours). Members of the Internal Affairs Unit are available to accept complaints in person or by telephone (850-891-4321) between 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Additionally, complaints can be made to any police supervisor at any time.
Complaint Investigation and Disposition Process
The Internal Affairs Unit will accept and investigate all complaints made against a TPD employee. If the initial investigative assessment indicates a formal Internal Investigation should be conducted, a detailed report (including statements from the complainant, all witnesses, and the member) will be completed. This investigative report presents an unbiased account of the circumstances as they actually occurred. Each report is reviewed by the Internal Affairs Sergeant and the Commander of the Office of Professional Standards for completeness, clarity, and objectivity. The completed report is forwarded to the Chief of Police for a final disposition. If the facts show there was employee misconduct, the Chief directs the employee's chain of command to recommend corrective action (such as discipline or remedial training).
Secondary (off-duty) Employment of Police Officers
Secondary employment of Tallahassee police officers by non-city entities, for the purposes of providing security services to businesses and for special events, is subject to compliance review and coordination by the Internal Affairs Unit. The following documents are specific to the governance and administration of this service.
Internal Affairs Annual Reports
The Tallahassee Police Department compiles annual statistical summaries, based upon records of internal affairs investigations and other compliance reviews, which are available to the public and agency employees. Interested parties may contact the Internal Affairs Unit at 891-4321.