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Complaints Against Police Practices

"Complaint Against Police Practices" FORMS are available at the Front Desk or here

All written complaints from the public alleging employee misconduct shall be thoroughly investigated.

This Department proactively promotes accountability and transparency in the following ways:
  • Implementing policies, procedures and stragtegies, that promote fair and impartial policing.
  • Promoting clear guidance to our community members on how to make citizen comments, complaints, and inquiries.
  • Investing in training opportunities that promote cognizant understanding of implicit bias, fair and impartial policing, and crisis intervention when interacting with individuals in a mental health crisis.
  • Annual department and individual goal setting tied directly to community outreach and fair and impartial policing tactics.
  • If a Complainant contests a Criminal Charge, but there is no allegation of employee misconduct, the individual is advised to address their concern through the Maryland Court System.

  • Complaints, other than use of force, may be initiated in person (verbally or in writing), by telephone or TDD, facsimile, email, or United States mail.
                Police Station:   301-341-1055
                Police Fax #:    301-341-0176
                Address:          6401 Forest Road, Cheverly, MD 20785

  • Complaints Regarding Use of Force: Use of force complaints must be made in writing, signed under penalty of perjury, and filed within 366 days of the alleged brutality, consistent with the requirements of the Maryland Code, Title 3, Subtitle 1, Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights (LEOBR).

  • Complaints of Criminal Misconduct: All complaints alleging criminal misconduct shall be immediately referred to a supervisor. The supervisor shall document the contact and forward this documentation to the Chief of Police pending further investigation.
  • When an individual requests a complaint form, the employee receiving the request shall immediately contact a supervisor.
  • If the supervisor is unable to resolve the matter in this interview or is not available, the employee receiving the complaint shall provide the individual with a Complaint Against Police Practices Form.

The Department will not tolerate any retaliatory acts against complainants or witnesses. Once a formal complaint is filed against an officer, the officer shall have no contact with the complainant or witnesses, nor will the officer cause anyone else to initiate contact on their behalf. Exceptions to this directive shall only be granted by the Chief of Police.

Cheverly Executive Offices:   6401 Forest Road, Cheverly, MD 20785  (301) 773-8360
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