Office of Professional Responsibility
Compliments and Complaints About RCPD Personnel
The Rockville City Police Department values your input on the performance of both our sworn and civilian personnel. We encourage you to let us know when an officer or civilian member has provided exemplary service. Likewise, we want to know when you experience problems with our personnel.
The Office of Professional Responsibility is committed to conducting fair, unbiased, and expedient investigations regarding allegations of misconduct by sworn officers, including allegations of excessive force, discourtesy and poor service. The Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) reports directly to the Chief of Police and operates independently of all other sections and divisions of the department. OPR takes every complaint seriously and is committed to a thorough and fair investigation.
Please click on the link below to find out about the process of submitting a compliment or complaint.
Filing a Complaint
If you do not wish to file a formal complaint but wish to speak to the member’s supervisor or the Chief of Police, please say so. Our supervisors have been trained to handle complaints and inquiries of this type, and in most circumstances, they can resolve the matter.
If you wish to file a complaint, please be aware of the following:
- Complaints should be filed as soon as possible after the incident. Delays in filing a complaint can hamper the investigation. You may write a letter detailing your complaint, or we will provide you with a form specifically designed for this purpose. When writing your letter, or completing your complaint form, please be as specific as possible regarding dates, times, places, the identity(ies) of those involved, names of witnesses, and what the member did or did not do that is the basis for your complaint. Remember, just like you have a right to due process, so does the department member. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org to file a complaint or compliment.
- All complaints made against the department or a member will be investigated. Persons knowingly making a false or malicious complaint are subject to prosecution, pursuant to the provisions of the Annotated Code of Maryland, Criminal Law, Title 9, Subtitle 5, Section 9-501.
- If you are filing an alleged excessive force complaint, state law requires that your complaint must be signed and filed within 366 days under the penalty of perjury.
- Complaints made against police officers will be handled pursuant to the provisions outlined in the Annotated Code of Maryland, Public Safety Article, Title 3, Subtitle 1, Sections 3-101 to 3-113.
- Complaints are handled by the Office of Professional Responsibility.
- Lt. A. Taglienti is in charge of the Office of Professional Responsibility. Lt. A. Taglienti will contact you regarding the investigation for statements, witnesses and evidence.
- The investigation will remain confidential until completed. Information related to complainants, witnesses, and employees will not be disclosed until the investigation concludes.
- There is no time limit for completion of the investigation and will be conducted pursuant to Maryland law as dictated above.
- The Chief of Police issues the final approval of completed investigations.
- Officers may elect to have a hearing to contest the results of the investigation. If there is a hearing scheduled, the complainant(s) and witness(es) will be notified of the date and will be contacted by a City of Rockville attorney.
- Upon the completion of the matter, complainants are notified by mail of the outcome of the case. Maryland law does not allow us to share specifics of how an employee is disciplined.
- If you file a complaint and a change your address or phone number please let your assigned investigator know. This will assist with the flow of the investigation.
Thank you in advance for your time, patience, and feedback.
Administrative Hearing Board
Internal investigations into allegations of police officer misconduct that can lead to disciplinary action, demotion, or dismissal, must be conducted in accordance with state law and the Law Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights (LEOBR), Sections 3-101 through 3-112 of the Public Safety Article, Annotated Code of Maryland. The LEOBR applies only to sworn agency personnel (police officers). Internal discipline is separate from punishment that a police officer may face as a result of a criminal charge.
When an OPR investigation results in a finding that an officer has engaged in misconduct by violating a law or a RCPD rule, policy, or procedure, that officer is subject to discipline. A police officer can request to be heard before an Administrative Hearing Board if he/she disputes the findings of a RCPD Office of Professional Responsibility investigation and/or the recommended discipline.
In accordance with the Annotated Code of Maryland, Public Safety Article, Section 3-107 (e)(1)(ii), “the [Administrative] hearing shall be open to the public, unless the Chief finds a hearing must be closed for good cause, including to protect a confidential informant, an undercover officer, or a child witness.”
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*Due to COVID-19 and the closure of City facilities and buildings at this time, the hearings are expected to be closed to public attendance; however, a link will be provided on this site to access a live feed of the hearing proceedings.
- Prior to the occurrence of a scheduled hearing board, the Internal Affairs case number, date, and time, will be posted to this page.
- It should be noted that officers have the right to settle their case prior to the start of any hearing board. Therefore, please contact the Office of Professional Responsibility at 240-314-8948 by 5:00 p.m. the day prior to confirm that the hearing board will take place.
- All hearing boards will be held at a location to be determined and a location to be announced prior to the hearing board.