The Hamlet Police Department is dedicated to providing professional police protection and service. If a citizen is not satisfied with the services they receive from the Hamlet Police, or if the citizen believes there was misconduct by an officer, the citizen should call 574-867-2623 and request to speak to the Town Marshal.
Message From the Town Marshal
Every police department has the responsibility of protecting the lives and property of the citizens it serves. In order to carry out this responsibility, it is essential that all citizens have a high degree of confidence in their police department.
Our Hamlet Police Officers are among the best trained and highly educated police officers in the State. They take pride in their chosen profession and want you, the citizens of Hamlet, to share this pride. However, we recognize that police officers are human and may, from time to time, act in a manner that is not in the best interest of the police department or the community. Since we would all agree that it is very difficult to deal with a problem unless we know such a problem exists, the importance of bringing any misconduct on the part of the police officers to the department’s attention must be recognized.
The Hamlet Police Department will thoroughly and expeditiously investigate all complaints brought to our attention. The following information will explain the procedure for filing of a citizen’s complaint and the investigative process.
HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT:
If you wish to file a formal complaint, it will be necessary for you to complete and sign a Citizen Complaint Form at the Hamlet Police Department; however, those complaints made by telephone, anonymously, or by mail, will be investigated to the best of our ability. All information will be treated confidentially. Assistance is available if you need help in completing the complaint forms. A parent or guardian’s signature is required on any complaint filed by a person under eighteen (18) years of age.
When filing your complaint, you will be required to provide the following information:
1. Your name, address and telephone number.
2. The address and telephone number of your business or place of employment.
3. The time and date of the occurrence of the incident about which you are complaining.
4. The name, badge number, or identifying description of the officer(s) involved. If you do not have this information, simply describe what occurred and the time, date, and location of the incident.
5. Give a narrative description of the circumstances giving rise to your complaint.
6. The names of any witnesses or persons arrested and their addresses and telephone numbers, if available.
7. After the above information if completed, you will be given a copy of your signed complaint form.
PLEASE NOTE: It is a Misdemeanor crime in the State of Indiana to make a report of an allegation that you know is false. The Hamlet Police Department takes these charges very seriously and if found that you are recording a false complaint you will be prosecuted,
pursuant to IC 35-44-2-2 False reporting or informing:
Sec. 2. (b) As used in this section, "misconduct" means a violation of a departmental rule or procedure of a law enforcement agency.
(d) A person who: (1) gives a false report of the commission of a crime or gives false information in the official investigation of the commission of a crime, knowing the report or information to be false; or (5) makes a complaint against a law enforcement officer to the state or municipality (as defined in IC 8-1-13-3) that employs the officer: (A) alleging the officer engaged in misconduct while performing the officer's duties; and (B) knowing the complaint to be false; commits false informing, a Class B misdemeanor.
However, the offense is a Class A misdemeanor if it substantially hinders any law enforcement process or if it results in harm to an innocent person.
As added by Acts 1976, P.L.148, SEC.4. Amended by Acts 1977, P.L.340, SEC.56; Acts 1977, P.L.341, SEC.1; P.L.326-1987, SEC.3; P.L.49-1989, SEC.23; P.L.156-2001, SEC.12; P.L.123-2002, SEC.39; P.L.2-2003, SEC.96; P.L.232-2003, SEC.1; P.L.140-2005, SEC.7.