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Yes, just as citizens charged with a criminal offense have the right to appeal the court's decision, police officers also have the right to appeal administrative actions taken against them. The City of Hutto has established procedures for officers to follow in their appeals process, just as the Police Department has established procedures for insuring that complaints by citizens against officers are thoroughly and honestly investigated.
When a citizen lodges a complaint against a member of the Hutto Police Department, the complaint goes to the Internal Affairs Division. Their duty is to review and thoroughly investigate your complaint. The Internal Affairs office is open from 8 am to 5 pm each weekday. If the Internal Affairs Division is not open, you may lodge your complaint with any supervisory officer of the Police Department and your complaint will be forwarded to the Internal Affairs Division. If more information is needed, please review state law and departmental complaint information.
When the investigation of a complaint reveals that the charges are true and should be sustained against a police employee, the Chief of Police notifies the employee and the Chief may take one of the following actions, depending on the nature of the violation:
Police employees must be afforded certain rights the same as with all citizens, and complaints must be supported by sufficient evidence.
If there is not sufficient evidence to sustain the complaints, the officer is notified and continues on duty. If he/she was removed from duty during the investigation he/she will be paid for that time.
If you are not satisfied with the results of the investigation by the Internal Affairs Division, you may appeal to the Chief of Police or the City Manager: