Investigation Statistics

​​​​​​​The Office of Internal Affairs (IA) is supervised and managed by Lieutenant David Sorenson and the unit is responsible for conducting and/or coordinating investigations of police employee misconduct. The unit has six first line supervisors (Sergeants) who are responsible for the investigative functions. Internal Affairs personnel interact with citizens in person, via the phone or internet and document every complaint, to include complaints made anonymously. Internal Affairs has a collaborative relationship with the city's Human Resources Division, Risk Management, City Attorney's Office, City Auditor's Office and other departments to ensure that the Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD) is in full compliance with all city, state and federal mandates/regulations. 

 In 2018, officers with the Virginia Beach Police Department had 262,374 citizen contacts (arrests, field contacts, traffic stops, calls for service, etc.)  IA facilitated 232 investigations (Citizen Complaints, Internal Investigations and Inquiries) which resulted in 335 allegations of misconduct. 133 allegations were sustained. A sustained finding is determined when there is sufficient evidence to prove the accused employee violated a department rule, order or city policy. 86% of the sustained allegations resulted from internally generated investigations. Internal Affairs reviewed 1,156 individual Use of Force (UOF) reports in 2018 generated from a total of 57,449 enforcement actions against citizens. Out of all of these encounters which may have resulted in a use of force incident, only 23% of citizens in reported an injury of any type.

Internal Affairs is additionally tasked with responding to all requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act, Subpoena Duces Tecums, and court orders; in 2018, IA responded to 7,353 requests. ​​​

1st Quarter - 2019 Citizen Complaint Allegations-Findings​
Complaints ReceivedNumber
Bias Based Policing4
Courtesy7
Department Reports2
Conformance to Laws4
Unsatisfactory Performance5
Use of Physical Force12
Totals34
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​FindingsNumber
Exonerated15
Not Sustained0
Sustained2
Unfounded2
Active1
Totals20


Action TakenNumber
No Action17
Oral Counseling​​2
Active1
Totals20

2nd Quarter - 2019 Citizen Complaint Allegations-Findings​

Complaints ReceivedNumber
Bias Based Policing1
Courtesy5
Conformance to Laws3
Unsatisfactory Performance14
Conduct Unbecoming2
Totals25

​​​

FindingsNumber
Exonerated7
Not Sustained6
Sustained4
Unfounded1
Active7
Totals​​25​


Action Ta​​kenNumber
No Action12
Oral Counseling5
Active7
Totals25
1st Quarter - 2018 Citizen Complaint Allegations-Findings​
Complaints ReceivedNumber
Arrest, Search and Seizure1
Bias Based Policing4
Courtesy12
Disobedience of Orders2
Failure to Assist Officer/Citizen1
Processing Property & Evidence1
Unsatisfactory Performance20
Use of Physical Force7
Totals48

FindingsNumber
Exonerated19
Not Sustained8
Sustained8
Unfounded13
Totals48


Action TakenNumber
No Action40
Oral Counseling7
Resigned Prior to Disciplinary Action1
Totals48​​

2nd Quarter - 2018 Citizen Complaint Allegations-Findings​

Com​​plaints ReceivedNumber
Abuse of Position1
Arrest, Search and Seizure4
Bias Based Policing4
Conduct Unbecoming1
Courtesy9
Departmental Reports5
Disobedience of Orders1
Identification1
Treatment of Prisoners1
Unsatisfactory Performance20
Use of Physical Force6
Totals53

​​FindingsNumber
Exonerated24
Not Sustained8
Sustained7
Unfounded14
Totals53
​​

Action TakenNumber
No Action46
Oral Counseling6
Reprimand1
Totals53​

​3rd Quarter - 2018 Citizen Complaint Allegations-Findings

Complaints ReceivedNumber
Bias Based Policing3
Conduct Unbecoming2
Courtesy12
Departmental Reports3
Unsatisfactory Performance20
Use of Physical Force19
Totals59​


FindingsNumber
Exonerated31
Not Sustained9
Sustained4
Unfounded15
Totals59​


Action TakenNumber
No Action53
Oral Counseling4
Policy Review2
Totals59
​4th Quarter - 2018 Citizen Complaint Allegations-Findings
​​
Complaints ReceivedNumber
Bias Based Policing4
Courtesy7
Department Reports2
Conformance to Laws4
Unsatisfactory Performance5
Use of Physical Force12
Totals34


FindingsNumber
Exonerated19
Not Sustained5
Sustained0
Unfounded7
Active3
Totals34


Action TakenNumber
No Action29
Oral Counseling2
Active​3
Totals34

Dispositions

All citizen complaints are broken down into specific allegation classifications. Each allegation requires the accused employee’s commanding officer to recommend one of the below listed findings to the Chief of Police

Sustained: Sufficient evidence to prove allegation. The incident occurred, the accused employee committed the act, and it was in violation of a departmental rule or order.

Not Sustained: Insufficient evidence to prove or disprove allegation. The incident may or may not have occurred and the overall evidence is not enough to establish that a violation occurred.

Exonerated: Incident occurred, but employee’s actions were proper. The employee did essentially what the citizen alleges they did, but the actions were reasonable, proper, and consistent with current policies and/or training.

Unfounded: Allega​tion is proven to be false. The evidence clearly demonstrates that the event did not occur, or if it did occur the accused employee is not the person responsible for committing it.​

​Every sustained complaint and on occasion a not-sustained complaint will result in some action on the part of the agency. ​


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