MCPD enacts internal affairs investigation committee

The Michigan City Police Department will have a new approach to handling internal investigations, Chief Dion Campbell has announced.

Before, if the department received an internal complaint, it would be reviewed and assigned to one of the assistant chiefs and/or supervisor. Now there is an Internal Affairs Investigation Committee (IAIC) to investigate officer complaints. The IAIC is comprised of three sworn/active police department members, appointed by Chief Campbell. An exception would be those investigations in which he calls for an investigation be conducted by an outside police agency.

Under the new protocol, IAIC members can work together to review and investigate the complaint, documenting their investigation and findings in a written report for review by the DPS Commander. The completed investigation is then provided to the chief and his administrative team for final review.

“This system will assure that all complaints of police misconduct are thoroughly investigated and reviewed by different levels within the command structure of MCPD,” Chief Campbell said.

The newly-formed IAIC will include Sgt. Anna Painter, Corp. Ken Eguia, and Officer Charles Henderson. In addition to their duties, they will continue with their current assignments within the department.

 

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