Report: Police complaint policies lacking

Aug 12, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new report says most Nebraska law enforcement agencies fall short of providing the public with a simple, unintimidating way to file complaints against officers and departments.

The report issued Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska says the group looked into the practices of Nebraska's 31 largest law enforcement agencies.

Of them, only eight provide information about filing complaints online. They are the Alliance, Bellevue, Lincoln, Omaha and Scottsbluff police departments, the Douglas County and Sarpy County sheriff's departments and the Nebraska State Patrol.

But only one, the Lincoln Police Department, received praise for closely adhering to national and expert guidelines, allowing people to file complaints by phone, email, mail or in person, posting its complaint brochure online and using the least intimidating language in its policy.

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