Let's say you have a complaint about the practices or staff of the SMU Police Department. What can you do about it? Examples of complaints might include but are not limited to inappropriate conduct, sexual harassment, suspicion of racial profiling, or illegal activities.
A proper relationship between the police and the public they serve, fostered by confidence and trust, is essential to successful law enforcement. Police personnel must be free to exercise their discretion and best judgment in situations of danger or disorder and to initiate action in a reasonable, lawful and impartial manner without fear of reprisal, while also observing the rights of all people.
It is imperative, therefore, that adequate procession be made for the prompt receipt, classification, investigation and disposition of complaints. To this end, the University Police Department welcomes from the community, constructive criticism and feedback regarding the Department and complaints involving its employees, policies or operations.
A complaint may be made at any time of the day or night. Complaints received will normally be referred to the on – duty supervisor. Depending on the circumstances, they will either investigate immediately or forward the complaint to the Chief of Police.
The time limit for filing a complaint is 30 calendar days from the date of the alleged incident. A complaint form is available at the police department
WARNING: Students who file a false report of misconduct against any University employee will receive severe sanctions by the University Judicial Board.