Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office

Professional Standards

The Professional Standards Division is responsible for maintaining the highest level of professional conduct within the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. The division performs the functions of investigating complaints of officer misconduct, investigating use of force incidents and setting the professional standards of which the agency will operate.

The Professional Standards Division has the responsibility of investigating:

  • Allegations of unnecessary force used by a member of the agency in the performance of duty
  • Any allegation of criminal conduct by a member of the department
  • Allegations of false arrest
  • Allegations of bias based policing
  • Internal complaints of all personnel

If the complaint is for unnecessary or excessive use of force, false arrest, or violation of a specific criminal statute, and the Professional Standards Division will investigate the complaint. The Chief Deputy will then review the file and send the investigative finding to the Sheriff for review.

All complaints are thoroughly examined and investigations are either documented on a complaint form or become formal inquiries through the Professional Standards Division consistent with departmental policy.

The Professional Standards Division reports directly to the Chief Deputy.