The Brown County Sheriff's Office serves the community and it is our citizens that we are ultimately responsible. Personnel are directed to perform their duties in a courteous and professional manner. Police work often involves working without direct supervision in a variety of circumstances. Personnel are directed to make judgmental decisions within the parameters of law and departmental policy by applying their training and experience to individual situations. Often times these situations are stressful in nature. Given these elements, it is inevitable that from time to time citizen complaints are generated.
The web page is designed to provide you with information on how to file a Officer Misconduct Complaint as well as what to expect once a complaint has been filed by discussing the complaint process.
- There are several ways to initiate the complaint process:Contact the Sheriff's Office representative for internal complaints at either of the following telephone numbers (920) 448-4204 or (920) 448-4456
- Go to the Sheriff's Office located at 2684 Development Drive, Bellevue WI and inform the person at the front desk you are there to file a complaint. Business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:00pm. After hours you may reach the Patrol Lieutenant at (920) 448-4241
- You may request a Officer Misconduct Complaint form in person, by mail or by telephone to have it sent to your residence.
- You may also submit a complaint at the bottom of the page.
Complaints of a more serious nature are referred to the Professional Standards Division of the department for investigation.
- The involved employee is informed that they are the subject of a complaint, unless notification would be detrimental to the case. If applicable they are ordered not to discuss the situation with anyone, but the investigator to negate the possibility of influencing the perceptions of fellow employees who might be witnesses.
- The investigation consists of:
- The possible re-interview of the complainant;
- Locating and interviewing any witnesses;
- The collection and review of records, such as recordings of radio transmissions or phone calls as well as police reports
- An interview of the employee who is the subject of the investigation
- At conclusion a final report is submitted.
- The Chief Deputy will review for completeness, and if appropriate will recommend corrective measures such as directing the employee's future actions, training, and/or discipline. The investigation is then forwarded to the Sheriff for final review and approval
- Making a complaint against an employee of this department is taken very serious and has potential consequences for that employees future employment; it is against the law to make a complaint that you know to be false and you may be charged and prosecuted for a crime. WI State Statute 946.66(2)
- If you are charged with an offense and awaiting hearing before the courts, the complaint may be deferred until after adjudication of the case by the judge