We have a multi-step investigative review process for every use of force we’re involved in. The investigation begins with a review of the facts and circumstances by a Patrol Sergeant. This includes taking photos of the individual whom force was used on, as well as giving them the opportunity to make any statements about the matter. Any pertinent electronic evidence such as body camera and in-car camera footage is flagged for retention and saved into a case file. Next, a Division Commander reviews all the fact and circumstances regarding the use of force. Each use of force is investigated to ensure that the officers used proper communication, de-escalation and trained techniques, and were within the bounds of what is legal, ethical and within department policy.
Officer involved shootings
Officer involved shootings involving our officers will be investigated by an outside law enforcement agency. At the conclusion of the investigation, the report is forwarded to the Sarpy County Attorney’s Office for review to determine if the officer’s actions were legal.