It is the policy of the Hobbs Police Department to investigate all complaints against department employees and allegations of misconduct within the department. Proper adherence to the provisions of this policy will clear the innocent and facilitate prompt and equitable corrective action.
Investigations of complaints are completed within 30 days of receipt of the complaint by the investigator, whenever possible. If extenuating circumstances exist which cause the length of the investigation to go beyond that time limit, those circumstances are noted in the final report.
The department requests that you register complaints in person if possible. If you are not able to come to the department, you may write, call the on-duty supervisor or the office of Professional Standards, or fill out and submit the form at the bottom of this page. The supervisor will record your concerns and forward them to the employee's direct supervisor. All complaints are forwarded to the Office of Professional Standards for a formal investigation.
When registering a complaint against an employee, it is important that you remember the name of the employee, the date and approximate time of the incident, and the specific circumstance of the incident.
Information and evidence is reviewed to determine if the employee's actions violated a law or department policy or procedure. An investigative report will be completed and a determination as to the action to be taken. Any disciplinary action taken against a member of the department will be maintained in his/her personnel records.
The investigator will notify the complainant of the disposition of the investigation. The disposition of the complaints are classified as follows:
- UNFOUNDED - The allegation is false or not factual or the employee was not involved.
- EXONERATED - The incident that occurred was lawful and did not violate policy.
- SUSTAINED - The allegation is supported by sufficient proof.
- NOT SUSTAINED - The evidence is not sufficient to prove or disprove the allegation.
- POLICY & PROCEDURE - The investigation revealed that the complaint dealt solely w/ objection to a policy or procedure.
- SUSTAINED AS TO MISCONDUCT NOT BASED ON THE COMPLAINT - Misconduct not alleged in the complaint is substantiated.