Internal Affairs Summary

The Trotwood Police Department is concerned about the level of Police Service provided to the community by our members. There will be times when citizens observe police conduct that they feel needs further explanation. Citizens must be able to bring legitimate concerns regarding police actions to the attention of the department for review. Our supervisors are happy to discuss your concerns and explain a member’s actions in a given situation.

The Trotwood Police Department will investigate all complaints, alleged or suspected, either signed or anonymous, that are made against the department or its members.

How to Register a Complaint:

Citizens can file a complaint by reporting them either orally or in writing, by telephone or correspondence, either signed or anonymous to any member of the Trotwood Police Department, Office of the City Manager or Other law enforcement agency.

Complaints of a more serious nature are forwarded to the Chief of Police to initiate a formal Internal Affairs investigation. Upon completion of the Investigation, the complainant will be notified by Internal Affairs, via registered mail, of the final disposition of the allegation.

(No disciplinary action will be imposed against a member of the Trotwood Police Department without a signed, written complaint, from a complainant or witness in accordance with the collective bargaining agreements in Article IX section 6).

For more information on the Internal Affairs process, please contact Sergeant Joseph McCrary at
937-854-7218 or email at jmccrary@trotwood.org.

As part of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)  requirements, the Trotwood Police Department must post Internal Affairs Investigation Statistics as part of public information. Listed below is the data from the last five years:
 

2016

  • Three Police Officers were involved in the three (3) investigations.
  • One officer was involved in two (2) different investigations.
  • All three investigations were single Officers complaints.
  • Two investigations were initiated by the Trotwood Police Department
  • One investigation was initiated by citizens
  • All Three investigations were formal. 
  • There were no allegations of racial harassment or mistreatment.
  • One investigation was unfounded, two (2) were founded. 
  • One Officer was cleared of any wrong doing, and One (1) Officer resigned prior to the completion of the second investigation involving his off duty conduct. 

2015


  • Three Officers were involved in the Four investigations
  • One Officer was involved in three different investigations
  • One investigation involved more than one Officer
  • Two investigations were initiated by the Trotwood Police Department
  •  Two investigations were initiated by citizens
  •  All four investigations were formal
  • There were no allegations of racial harassment or mistreatment
  • One investigation was unfounded; Three were founded
  • One Officer received a Record of Caution and Instruction, for one investigation and resigned because of the second. Two Officers received a written reprimand 
 
2014

  • Seven Officers were involved in the nine Investigations
  • Two Officers were involved in two different investigations
  • One investigation involved more than one Officer
  • Three investigations were initiated by the Trotwood Police Department
  • Six investigations were initiated by Citizens
  • Of the nine investigations, eight were formal and one was informal
  • Of the nine investigations, none were allegations of racial harassment or mistreatment
  • Six investigations were “Unfounded”, two were “Founded” and one was “Proper Conduct”
  • One Officer received remedial training as a result of the investigation
2013

  • There were 10 investigations for the year
  • 14 different Officers were involved in the 10 investigations 
  • Two Officers were involved in two different investigations
  • Four investigations involved more than one Officer
  • Four investigations were initiated by the Trotwood Police Department
  • Of the ten, nine were classified as Formal Investigations and one as Informal
  • As a result of the all the investigations, eight Officers received documented disciplinary action in the form of remedial training, written counseling, written reprimands, suspensions, and demotion

2012

  • Three of the six investigations or 50% resulted in discipline, one was a record of caution and instruction, one was written reprimand and one resulted in suspension
  • Six police Officers were involved in the 6 investigations
  • One Officer was involved in two different investigations
  • One investigation involved more than one Officer
  • Four investigations were initiated by the Trotwood Police Department
  • Of the six investigations, five were formal and one was informal
  • Two investigations dealt with officer involved shootings (Police Department initiated)
  • One investigation involved two officers arguing in the Police Department (Police Department initiated)
  • One investigation dealt with an Officer accidentally discharging his weapon (Police Department initiated)
  • One investigation dealt with accusation of excessive force by an Officer, which was unfounded, but the officer received a record of caution and instruction for the manner in which he spoke to the complainant
  • One investigation dealt with an accusation of excessive force during a search warrant; investigation revealed no Trotwood Officers were involved in the apprehension of the complainant


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