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If you are not satisfied with the investigation or action taken relating to your complaint, you may seek additional action from:
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A person wishing to file a general complaint or a racial profiling complaint should contact the Northlake Police Department, Chief of Police or his designee at 940-648-4804 during normal business hours. All complaints will be handled promptly. You will be interviewed regarding your complaint. The Texas Government Code Section 614.021 provides that a complaint regarding a peace officer’s conduct must be in writing and signed by the complainant, in order to be considered by the Chief of Police. A copy of the complaint will also be provided to the officer or employee, if the investigation will not be compromised and before disciplinary action is taken.
When the investigation of a complaint reveals the charges are true and should be sustained against the police employee, the department may take one of the following actions, depending on the nature of the violation:
If there is not sufficient evidence to support the allegation, the investigation is closed with no further action taken.
The Texas Penal Code 37.08 states that a person commits an offense if he/she knowingly makes a false statement that is material to a criminal investigation. This offense is a class “B” misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and/or a $2,000 fine. The Northlake Police Department will pursue all false reports in accordance with the law.