Anyone who feels that an officer or police employee has acted improperly should bring the matter to the attention of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) Police Department.
A formal investigation is reserved for serious allegations against an employee. Serious allegations could include several similar or repeated minor allegations. Formal investigations are overseen by a department supervisor or if deemed by the Chief of Police, conducted by another law enforcement agency. When misconduct results in a written reprimand or higher, the officer will be served a personnel complaint within a reasonable time frame. Texas law requires that all complaints against police officers must be in writing and signed by the person making the complaint before any disciplinary action may be taken.
An informal investigation is typically a less serious allegation against an employee. A uniform violation, a courtesy concern or any other minor violation generally results in an informal investigation. Informal investigations are generally overseen by a direct supervisor although the Assistant Chief of Police may assign investigative responsibility. An officer may or may not be served a personnel complaint by the chain of command. Low-level discipline, such as counseling reports and oral reprimands, do not require the employee to be served a personnel complaint. However, if the chain of command determines that the misconduct may result in a written reprimand or higher, an officer will be served a personnel complaint.
It is through the internal investigative process that the DCCCD Police Department maintains a high standard of accountability, transparency and trust with the community it serves.
Filing a false complaint against a police employee is a violation of the Texas Penal Code, Section 37.02. If a person knowingly and intentionally makes a false statement under oath or swears to the truth of a false statement previously made under oath, that person may be found guilty and punished by: