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A report of commendable action will become a permanent part of a Benton County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) employee's personnel file. It is a BCSO employee's duty to assist you; if you feel an individual has gone beyond the call to duty, the Benton County Sheriff's Office would appreciate your comments.
The BCSO will seriously consider and investigate all complaints of misconduct. Founded complaints may result in suspension, termination or other disciplinary action. It is required that you completely and truthfully document any report of misconduct. This report is provided to the Sheriff or designee for investigation. BCSO will attempt to arrange investigative interviews at the mutual convenience of the complainant and the investigator.
188.8.131.52. Law Enforcement Review Committee: If a complainant is not satisfied with the decision of Sheriff they may file an appeal to the County Law Enforcement Review Committee.
The Committee functions under the authority and direction of the Board of Commissioners. The powers and duties include:
The Sheriff will be the final authority regarding initiating disciplinary action against a BCSO employee.
The goal of the Benton County Sheriff's office is to maintain and improve community livability by working with all citizens to preserve life, maintain human rights, protect property and promote individual responsibility. The Benton County Sheriff's Office believes in the dignity and worth of every individual and in the importance of respecting the men and women of the Sheriff's Office and the citizens we serve. A citizen complaint, and its subsequent investigation, causes this office to examine the service that we provide to our community and to make necessary improvements in the way we provide services.
The Undersheriff will review it, log it in and assign it for investigation based upon the nature of the complaint.
The Undersheriff determines how the case will be processed and/or investigated in one of three ways:
All investigations are reviewed by the division manager and the findings are forwarded to the Undersheriff for final action.
After a case has been investigated and reviewed, it is given one of four classifications. The classification given is known as the finding:
The Undersheriff reviews the case, determines specific violations, decides how the case is to be classified and if necessary recommends appropriate discipline. All complaints found to be sustained that result in suspension or termination will be reviewed by the Sheriff.
The complainant is notified by letter with the findings and the results of the investigation, and is notified how to appeal the decision to the Sheriff. The deputy involved and the deputy's supervisor receive a copy of the letter sent to the complainant that describes the findings and results of the investigation.
This information is a summary of several Benton County Sheriff's office General Orders; it is not a complete account of the investigation, discipline and appeals process. For clarity the term "deputy" was used, but complaints can be filed and processed on action by any BCSO employee.
Our mission is to provide professional service and protection with honor and integrity.
Our vision is we are valued as an exceptional Sheriff's Office.
Our values are honor, integrity, ethics, and professionalism.