Under the direction of the Chief of Police, the Professional Standards Unit is supervised by Sergeant Kasey Cowell. This unit provides protection to the public with regard to improper police actions, and protection to the police department and its employees against unwarranted accusations of misconduct. Professional Standards exists to safeguard the high degree of integrity required to provide quality police services to the community and to maintain public trust.
Professional Standards conducts internal affairs investigations and also performs other duties for the Chief of Police, such as ensuring compliance with the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation Best Practices Accreditation Program, maintaining requirements mandated by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), conducting background investigations of potential employees, and coordinating in-service training.
The Cleburne Police Department is committed to delivering the highest level of public safety services possible to our citizens and visitors to our community. Employees, both sworn police officers and non-sworn civilian personnel, are carefully selected and given the best training possible in order to provide this service. However, you may have occasion to lodge a complaint about the actions of a member of the Cleburne Police Department. In order to be responsive to you we are providing information about how complaints should be made, how they are investigated, and their results.
If you see a police department employee perform outstanding work, please let us know about it. You can commend an employee by writing a letter to the Chief of Police at:
Cleburne Police Department
302 W. Henderson St.
Cleburne, Texas 76033
If the investigation of a complaint reveals evidence to prove the allegation of misconduct is true and should be sustained against an employee, the department will notify the employee of the finding. Depending on the nature of the violation, one or more of the following actions may be taken:
- Counsel with the employee
- Retrain the employee
- Reprimand the employee
- Suspend the employee
- Demote the employee
- Discharge the employee
Employees will be provided a written notice of any disciplinary action initiated. While progressive steps of discipline are encouraged, any of the discipline options may be exercised as the facts may warrant.
By law, employees must be afforded certain rights, the same as with all citizens. Complaints can be sustained only when supported by substantial evidence. If there is insufficient evidence to substantiate the complaint, no action will be taken against the employee.
Just as a citizen charged with a criminal offense can appeal a court decision, an employee may appeal an adverse administrative action. The City of Cleburne has established procedures for employees to follow in their appeals, just as the police department has established procedures for ensuring the complaints by citizens against employees are thoroughly and honestly investigated.
If you are not satisfied with the result of the investigation by Professional Standards, you may appeal to the office of the Chief of Police.