Professional Standards

Your complaint is important. The Atlantic Beach Police Department is committed to receiving and accepting complaints about the actions and performance of all personnel. As an organization, we strive very hard to provide the highest level of quality law enforcement service to all citizens. Policing is a very difficult and complex job in today's society, and we realize that mistakes can be made, and the actions of our personnel may fall short of your expectations. 

Members of the Atlantic Beach Police Department are aware of the important responsibilities and duties they have as public servants. The Atlantic Beach Police Department operates under the constitutional guarantees afforded to everyone under the laws the governs us. Therefore, the courteous receipt of complaints, a thorough and impartial investigation, and just dispositions are important in maintaining the confidence of our citizens.

The result of each investigation will be discussed with the Chief of Police and appropriate staff. If evidence supports a violation of department rules only, it will be handled internally. If the matter is criminal in nature, it will be reported to the appropriate jurisdiction. 

It is the policy of this department to ensure that integrity is maintained through an internal system whereby objectivity, fairness, and justice are assured by intensive and impartial investigation and review to clear the innocent, establish guilt of wrongdoers, and to facilitate fair, suitable and consistent disciplinary action.

You will be informed of only the final disposition of the complaint. If the case is to be found sustained in your nature, you will not be told of the action(s) taken against the employee. This information is confidential.