The Takoma Park police department announced that complaints filed against officers and employees dropped 54% in 2021 compared to the year previous. 24 complaints were filed with the department in 2020; last year, that number dropped to 13. Only 3 of the complaints filed in 2021 were made by community members. The other ten were filed by employees of the department.
Internal affairs investigations were launched in response to each of the 13 complaints, TPPD Public Information Officer Catherine Plevy said in a statement. Eleven of those investigations have so far resulted in disciplinary action.
No subject of any of the 13 complaints filed was terminated, but one resigned before their investigation could be completed. Seven received a written reprimand, two were suspended from duty without pay, and one was demoted. In one case, discipline was found to be unwarranted, and a disciplinary decision is pending in the remaining case.
Plevy noted that external complaints may be filed using the police tab on the City of Takoma Park website. She reported that in 2021, officers had a total of 10,346 contacts with the public, which included calls for service, self-initiated calls, and traffic stops. The thirteen complaints represented 0.0013% of all contacts with the public in 2021.