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18 East 22nd St.
Kearney, Nebraska 68847
Ph: (308) 233-3215
Citizen Complaint Form
The public has a right to expect and demand fair and impartial law enforcement. In providing these services, the police officer must be free to exercise his best judgment. While the mutual rights of the public and the police officer are normally respected, unusual situations do occur when these rights are violated. To protect the rights of the public and the police officer, it is necessary that every allegation of police misconduct be thoroughly investigated. We encourage the citizen to comment on our service and to share concerns. It is through this exchange that we as a City department can provide better service. Citizens who do provide comments or complaints have no need to be concerned about retaliation.

Anyone who experiences what they believe to be police misconduct or excessive use of force may file a complaint with the Police Department. The Kearney Police Department will investigate any complaint that violates departmental policy, state and local laws, or civil rights committed by an employee.

There are several ways to file a complaint. First you can call the local number of (308) 237-2104 and ask to speak with a supervisor. You can file a complaint in person at the Police Department. Or you can print and complete the Kearney Police Department Complaint Form. Send the form to the Chief of Police, P.O. Box 875, Kearney, NE 68848. Be prepared to complete as much information on the complaint form as possible. If you call in or come to the Police Department, you will be asked to complete the Complaint Form.

Once a complaint is investigated there are several dispositions that describe the finding of the investigation. You, as the complainant, will be notified of the disposition of the investigation. The dispositions are:

    •   Unfounded: The allegations were false or not factual
    •   Exonerated: The incident complained of did occur, but was lawful and proper.
    •   Not Sustained: Insufficient evidence, to either prove or disprove the allegation.
    •   Sustained: The allegation is supported by sufficient evidence.

The Kearney Police Department will not investigate the lawfulness of any arrest or citation. The guilt or innocence of any criminal charge or traffic citation is determined only in court.