The policy of the Bloomington Police Department is to investigate complaints of misconduct on the part of any Police Officer or employee of the Department. In order to allow proper investigation of alleged police/employee misconduct, the attached form must be filled out completely and notarized before it is submitted to the Department for review.
The completed form must be returned to a staff officer of the Bloomington Police Department (Sergeant, Lieutenant or Assistant Chief). The completed form may be the basis for an investigation of the allegations against the individual. The person making the complaint may be contacted by a staff officer or the Department’s internal investigator for an interview, the formal taking of a statement, or clarification of the allegations.
It should be noted that because State Law requires that Citizen Complaint Forms be notarized before they are submitted to the Police Department, no action can or will be taken on any Citizen Complaint Form that is not notarized.
It also should be noted that a person who knowingly makes false, untrue or malicious complaints may be subject to criminal prosecution. State Law states that a false report filed with a police agency may constitute a crime punishable by a fine of not more than $500 and/or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months. In addition, a person who makes a statement required by law to be made under oath or affirmation -- knowing it to be false -- may be charged with perjury, a felony punishable by up to five (5) years in prison.
Citizens who might feel uncomfortable submitting this form at the Police Department should contact the office of the Chief of Police at (309) 434-2350 and other arrangements will be made.
As a matter of policy, each person who makes a formal complaint against a Bloomington Police Department employee will be advised of the final result of the investigation. If you have any questions about the internal investigation policy or procedures, please contact the office of the Chief of Police at (309) 434-2350.