Office of Internal Affairs
Function of the office of Internal Affairs
The Office of Internal Affairs is established independent from other divisions within the Boise Police Department. The Office of Internal Affairs (OIA) is headed by a police captain, who reports directly to the Chief of Police. OIA is also staffed by two non-sworn investigators and one law enforcement technician, who is responsible for administrative functions.
The primary function of OIA is the receipt and assignment of complaints received from citizens regarding the actions of Boise Police employees. Complaints received by OIA, are normally investigated by one of two investigators. The findings from the investigations are reported back to the complaining citizen and the accused employee(s).
The Mission of the Office of Internal Affairs is to protect the public, the employee and the department through fair, thorough and proactive investigations of alleged misconduct. This mission is intended to accomplish three objectives:
PROTECTION OF THE PUBLIC by identifying and effecting corrective action of police department personnel and changing procedures that negatively affect the quality of life in the City of Boise.
PROTECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT by taking appropriate action so that misconduct of a few will not detract from the overall reputation of the Boise Police Department.
PROTECTION OF THE EMPLOYEE against false or malicious allegations of misconduct by ensuring fairness and accuracy in all investigations.
OIA also initiates and/or monitors investigations which are initiated by the department independently of an outside complaint. Such investigations are categorized as department initiated and are conducted in the same manner as a citizen complaint.
OIA is responsible for risk management functions within the department and is the liaison to the Boise City Risk Manager. In this role, OIA also assists the city legal department in preparation of defense for a litigation brought against police employees from actions related to their duties.
Finally, OIA tracks other department activities, including use of force, employee injuries, employee traffic accidents, vehicle pursuits and damage or loss of private or city owned property
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Boise Police Internal Affairs Annual Reports are available below in .pdf format