Last edited by rockbottom; 06-09-2014 at 06:49 PM.
Not the first-
40+ years ago while still on the M/C learner permit, I was pulled over by a registry officer and was harassed for a number of things including too many keys on my M/C keyring
I'd let it go.
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I am in my second career now and working for the U.S. government. I can tell you that complaints are one of the things that get a lot of attention by management. Basically everyone in the "food chain" gets a lot visibility on addressing any complaints received by an office. Just be factual and professional. My office is required to document the complaint, investigate and respond to the complainant. So have at it. At the end, you might not get a response that makes you feel like they did much but they will have done more than might think.
Like Selyab said, if you felt you were done wrong or mistreated, file the complaint. Now that being said, my last assignment at the police department was in the office of professional standards which handled complaints just like that. Tickets, although NOT your complaint were not complaints and advised to argue that in court.
What Selyab said is correct, you'll also quite likely also be informed of the result. But know this going in about the result you may get (at least from my or most agencies) is that your complaint was:
- Unfounded: The incident meaning the encounter or the stop never occurred.
- Exonerated: Which means it occurred and occurred the way you reported but the officer followed documented agency procedures or operating rules.
- Sustained: Which means there was a violation of agency procedures or operating rules. You will quite likely NOT be told what disciplinary action was taken.
- Not Sustained: The was not enough evidence present to show that a work operating procedure or rule was violated or not violated. This does not clear the employee.
- Exceptionally closed: The employee terminated their own employment or was terminated before and investigation was complete and could not be disciplined, no longer working there.
A word on not sustained. It means evidence, not statement. A companion's statement who may have been with you carries the same "weight" as an officer who may have been with the accused employee, no more and no less. Most often complaints are "not sustained" as it is basically one persons word against another's.
Good for you, rockbottom! It would have been easier to just let it go but making the effort may be making a difference.
I suspect somebody in the National Park Service will be interested enough to read your note carefully and take appropriate steps, if any. Park rangers have a carefully crafted image (Smokey the Bear) and one bad apple will harm that image.
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Had the same thing happen to around Mt Rushmore. I was picking off motohomes one by one and a ranger or sheriff or hiwaypatrolman pulled me over and lectured how dangerous these things were. It was close to Sturgis time of year and I just figured he had his fill of biker carnage. Meanwhile all the motorhomes I had been passing for the last hour went rolling by us . I'm sure he enjoyed his little power trip and it really wasn't any big deal to me.
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Good for you for writing that letter of complaint. I know it's hard to think clearly in such times, when you are just stunned to be experiencing such knucklehead-ery... but the complaint may carry more weight if you could also notate the officer's name and badge number, then include this info in the complaint letter.
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That being said, you have composed a well-written letter detailing your 'issues' with this official. I think you are more than justified lodging your complaint, as his attitude is in serious need of redirection.
You did the right thing.
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