A citizen’s complaint form approved by the Office of the Chief of Police is available twenty-four (24) hours a day. The form can either be obtained during normal business hours (8:00am to 6:00pm) at the Columbus Police Department or downloaded from the Columbus Police Department’s website 24/7. If neither of the previously mentioned options are feasible, any on-duty supervisor can provide the form when requested. Additionally, the citizens’ complaint form shall be available in the Human Rights Office and Personnel Office of the City of Columbus, Indiana, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
All signed complaint forms shall be immediately forwarded to the Office of the Chief of Police and said Office of the Chief of Police shall confirm the receipt of the said complaint form by written letter to the citizen within five (5) working days. All complaints shall be filed within fifteen (15) working days of the facts that give rise to the complaint.
It is a B Misdemeanor under Indiana Criminal Code 35-44-2-2 to file a false report of misconduct against a police officer.