Internal Affairs Unit
The Town of Davie Police Department feels that in order to keep the trust and confidence of the community, the internal investigation process must not only be sound but also unquestionably effective and objective.
The mission of the Internal Affairs Unit is to protect the public trust and to maintain the integrity of the Town of Davie Police Department.
Everyone likes a pat on the back when they do a good job. Davie Police Officers are no different. Each year, the Department receives thousands of employee commendations from the public. But for each one we receive, there are probably twice as many commendable acts that go unnoticed.
When you receive service from our Department that you feel is worthy of a commendation, we would like to hear about it. Call the Internal Affairs Division at (954) 693-8325 or the employee's supervisor (if you know it). You can also email at PoliceIA@davie-fl.gov. Please include all the information you can remember such as the employee's name, the date, time, and circumstances of the incident.
The employee will be notified of your commendation as will his/her supervisor, and a copy will also be placed in his/her employee file.
File A Complaint
The Town of Davie Police Department takes ALL complaints seriously. When a citizen lodges a complaint against a member of the Davie Police Department, it is assigned to the Internal Affairs Division for review. This office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
If the Internal Affairs Division (IAD) offices are closed, you may leave a voice message and/or the corresponding email to Internal Affairs Unit for review the following business day. Email: PoliceIA@davie-fl.gov.| (954) 693-8325. If you prefer to file a complaint after hours and in-person please call Davie Police Department at (954) 693-8200 and a supervisor will respond.
Once received, the complaint will be investigated by IAD or the employee's supervisor. Florida law requires that all complaints against police officers must be in writing and signed by the person making the complaint. Just as citizens who are arrested must be notified of the charges against them, police officers must be given a copy of the complaint before any disciplinary action may be taken.
What does the Internal Affairs Unit do?
- Investigate all allegations of unnecessary or excessive use of force, allegations of criminal misconduct and allegations of false arrest.
- Investigate all allegations of racial profiling or biased based policing. Investigate all allegations of intra-departmental misconduct including sexual harassment and complaints involving hostile work environments.
- The Unit receives, processes and coordinates all internal and external complaints.
- The Unit conducts a review of all uses of force, regardless if a complaint has been filed. Members of the Unit respond to scenes where an officer has discharged his or her firearm, as well as other serious incidents, and then conduct investigations to determine if the actions are in accordance within the Department’s policy and procedure guidelines.
- The Office of Internal Affairs coordinates all discipline and grievance procedures with the Town’s Labor Relations attorney, the Union and the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.
- The Unit reviews and coordinates all proposed disciplinary action against employees.
- The Office of Internal Affairs maintains all applicable statistical data and continually conducts an analysis of the information in an effort to identify trends. A recommendation of the appropriate corrective action is then made.
To whom does the Office of Internal Affairs report?
The Internal Affairs Unit reports directly to the Chief of Police.
What happens when I make a complaint?
All complaints will be thoroughly examined. There are five possible dispositions and they are as follows:
- Not Sustained - There is insufficient evidence to confirm or refute the complaint.
- Sustained - The allegation is true. The action of our employee was inconsistent with the agency’s policy.
- Exonerated - The allegation is true, however, the action of our employee was justified and/or consistent with the agency’s policy.
- Unfounded - The allegation is either false or there is no credible evidence to support it.
- Policy Failure - A finding or conclusion that current policies, procedures, rules or regulations covering the situation were non-existent or inadequate; or the employee followed policy but the investigation reveals policy changes are recommended.
All decisions involving disciplinary action will be made in conjunction with the Town’s Labor Relations Office and the Town Manager’s Office. Complaints that involve a possible criminal violation are sent to the Broward County State Attorney’s Office for review.