Investigation Statistics

​​In an effort to be more transparent, the VBPD will upload all finalized Citizen Complaint outcomes every quarter. Additional information pertaining to how the VBPD handles Administrative Investigations, please refer to the Administrative Investigation Field Guide (also posted on-line).   The below tables represent allegations made against an officer(s) by a citizen.  It should be noted a single incident where a citizen is making a complaint may include multiple allegations on multiple officers.


1st and 2nd Quarter 2017

Total finalized Citizen Complaints made: 20

Total Allegations: 32*

Total involved VBPD employees: 25*

* A single Complaint may involve multiple employees and allegations​

​​​​​Citizen Complaint Allegations- Findings

Rule ViolationNot SustainedExonerateUnfoundSustained
Conformance To Law0100
Conduct Unbecoming0000
Unsatisfactory Performance1113
Disobedience of Orders0000
Treatment of Persons0000
Departmental Reports0001
Operating Vehicles0000
Processing Property and Evidence0001
Use of Tobacco0001
Arrest, Search and Seizure0102
Use of Physical Force0320
Biased Based Policing0110


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.​

Citizen Complaint Allegations - Actions Taken

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

Rule ViolationDismissResign SeparateDemoteSuspendReprimandCounsel TrainPolicy Review
Conformance To Law0000000
Conduct Unbecoming0000000
Unsatisfactory Performance0001120
Disobedience of Orders0000000
Treatment of Persons0000000
Departmental Reports0000010
Operating Vehicles0000000
Processing Property and Evidence0000010
Use of Tobacco0001000
Arrest, Search and Seizure0001100
Use of Physical Force0000000
Biased Based Policing0000000


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