The Edgewater Police Department is committed to providing law enforcement services that are fair, effective, and impartially applied. It is in the best interests of everyone that your complaint about the performance of an individual officer is resolved fairly and promptly. The Police Department has formal procedures for investigating your complaint that are designed to ensure fairness and protect the rights of both citizens and law enforcement officers.
It is the policy of the Edgewater Police Department to accept and investigate all complaints of alleged officer misconduct or wrongdoing from an internal agency, external agency, citizen, and/or anonymous source(s). All complaints against law enforcement officers are thoroughly investigated. You will be kept informed of the status of the investigation and its ultimate outcome, if requested, and you provide contact information. The exact discipline imposed is confidential, but you will be advised of the ultimate finding.
Sustained: The investigation disclosed sufficient evidence to prove the allegation, and the actions of the officer violated any law; regulation; directive, guideline, policy, or procedure issued by the Attorney General or County Prosecutor; agency protocol; standing operating procedure; rule; or training.
Unfounded: The investigation disclosed that the alleged misconduct did not occur.
Exonerated: The investigation disclosed that the alleged conduct did occur, but did not violate any law; regulation; directive, guideline, policy, or procedure issued by the Attorney General or County Prosecutor; agency protocol; standing operating procedure; rule; or training.
Not Sustained: The investigation failed to disclose sufficient evidence to clearly prove or disprove the allegation.