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Citizen Compliment/Complaint Procedure


Thank you for taking the time to inform us of a situation that you believe deserves our attention. We encourage both positive and negative citizen feedback to assist us in our goal of providing the best law enforcement service possible to the citizens of Meagher County.

Compliments

Should you wish to compliment an employee who has provided you with outstanding service, please email the commendation to us at sheriff@sheriff.meagherco.org. The commendation will be reviewed and appropriate action taken.

Complaints

If you have a complaint of misconduct involving a Meagher County Sheriff's Office employee please send an email to sheriff@sheriff.meagherco.org, containing the name of the employee and details of the incident/event.

The most appropriate person to file a complaint is the person experiencing or witnessing alleged misconduct rather than uninvolved third parties.

We will need the cooperation of the involved citizen to ensure a successful investigation. However, parents or guardians should feel free to make complaints on behalf of their minor children.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is expected of me when my formal complaint is being investigated?

Your cooperation will be needed throughout the investigative process. You will be required to meet with the investigator and provide a sworn and recorded statement under oath. In addition, your cooperation may be required in signing a medical release (if your case involves an alleged injury), providing witness information, or otherwise cooperating with the investigator.

What should I expect once my complaint is filed?

The Meagher County Sheriff will use the information you provide to conduct an initial inquiry into your complaint. This can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks depending on the allegation. You will then be notified by mail of the results of the inquiry. You will be informed in writing if the complaint will be investigated formally, if there will be no further action taken, or if your complaint has been forwarded to a supervisor.

What should I expect from MCSO if my complaint is formally investigated?

You can expect a fair, thorough, and impartial investigation if your complaint involves misconduct that is deemed by the Meagher County Sheriff to warrant a formal investigation. Finding the unbiased truth will be the goal of any internal investigation that is completed by this agency. You will be notified of the results in writing once the investigation is concluded. Most investigations are concluded within a sixty-day timeframe but timeline extensions are sometimes necessary during the investigative process.

Montana Code Annotated (MCA) 45-7-205 - False reports to law enforcement authorities:

(1) A person commits an offense under this section if the person knowingly:
(a) gives false information to any law enforcement officer with the purpose to implicate another;
(b) reports to law enforcement authorities an offense or other incident within their concern knowing that it did not occur; or
(c) pretends to furnish law enforcement authorities with information relating to an offense or incident when the person knows that the person has no information relating to the offense or incident.
(2) A person convicted under this section shall be fined not to exceed $500 or be imprisoned in the county jail for any term not to exceed 6 months, or both.

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