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Norfolk police to increase internal affairs transparency

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Norfolk Police Department is changing its internal affairs policy and will start telling members of the public whether internal affairs investigators found enough evidence to back up their complaints.

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/2cEyXaQ) reports Chief Michael Goldsmith told City Council members Monday that people will be told whether their complaints were substantiated, but not whether or how an officer was disciplined. All five police departments in South Hampton Roads keep officers’ punishment confidential.

Prior to this new policy, Goldsmith had sent form letters telling complainants that internal affairs did a thorough investigation and “the appropriate action has been taken.”

Mayor Kenny Alexander had decried the old policy, calling it “meaningless.” On Monday he said he considered the new policy to be progress.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

 

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