The purpose of the Office of Professional Standards (formerly known as the Internal Affairs Bureau) is to establish a mechanism for the receipt, investigation, and resolution of complaints of officer misconduct. The goal of the Office of Professional Standards is to ensure that the integrity of the department is maintained through a system of internal discipline where fairness and justice are assured by an objective and impartial investigation and review.
The Office of Professional Standards will conduct investigations of allegations of misconduct by members of the department and review the adjudication of minor complaints handled by supervisors. In addition, internal affairs will be responsible for the coordination of administrative investigations involving the non-training discharge of firearms by department personnel, use of force incidents, and motor vehicle pursuits.
The Office of Professional Standards has an obligation to investigate or review any allegation of employee misconduct that is a potential violation of the agency’s rules and regulations. The obligation to investigate includes not only acts of misconduct that are alleged to have occurred while the subject officer was on-duty, but also acts of misconduct that are alleged to have occurred outside the employing agency’s jurisdiction or while the subject officer was off-duty.