How to Initiate a Police Complaint
Trust between the police and the community is essential to effective law enforcement. It is critical that a police department establish a relationship of trust and confidence with its community and deliver public safety services in a fair and impartial manner. In order to nurture and preserve that relationship, public confidence must be maintained in the ability and willingness of the Police Department to investigate and properly adjudicate allegations of misconduct made against its employees. Retaliation of any kind by an Everett Police Department employee against a complainant that files a complaint will not be tolerated and should immediately be reported to the Office of Professional Standards.
The Police Complaint form should be completed whenever an employee of the Everett Police Department has allegedly acted in an improper manner. This can include, but is not limited to alleged illegal, unethical or unprofessional conduct.
Whenever possible, the Police Complaint form should include as much information as possible, to include the identity of all persons involved in the alleged incident including the officer(s), witnesses; the specific behavior of the department employee and/or nature of the alleged misconduct; and the date, time and location that the incident occurred. The Police Complaint form should be thoroughly completed and returned to the Everett Police Department within 30 days of receipt. Your concerns will be investigated, and you will be informed in writing of the outcome of the investigation.
Substantiated allegations can lead to serious consequences including verbal and/or written reprimands, suspension, and even termination of the employee. The Everett Police Department takes complaints against employees seriously and as noted above, will thoroughly investigate allegations of misconduct. Complaints that are found to be intentionally false and/or malicious may result in criminal and/or civil liability on the part of the complainant.
Completed Police Complaint forms may be submitted using the linked form on this page, or print the .pdf version of the form and return it to the Everett Police Department in person or mailed to the Everett Police Department, Office of Professional Standards, 3002 Wetmore Avenue, Everett, WA 98201. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Professional Standards at 425-257-8555.
Thank you, DAN TEMPLEMAN Chief of Police