In general, we believe deputy sheriffs work in cooperation with citizens and our contacts with citizens are positive. To ensure we function efficiently, while maintaining the rights of the citizens we protect, deputies are trained to follow a series of Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures and work within the guidelines of local, state, and federal laws. Because of the nature of law enforcement, we also understand citizens on occasion may object to the police actions taken by deputies, or may feel their conduct is inappropriate. Therefore, we have established procedures for citizens to report their concerns to the Garfield County Sheriff’s.
Although we encourage citizens to report police misconduct, complaints must be made in good faith. False or highly exaggerated complaints serve no good purpose for either the citizens or the deputy and only tend to thwart our complaint investigation process. Anyone who willfully makes any false accusation for the purpose of discrediting a deputy sheriff may be prosecuted under Utah State Criminal Code 76-8-504.5 for a Class A misdemeanor.
To initiate a complaint, you may contact a supervisor Monday through Friday, from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., by calling (435) 676-1126. After hours and on weekends, you may contact our Dispatch Center by calling (435) 676-1134 and request assistance from an on-duty law enforcement supervisor. You will be asked to provide a written statement regarding the nature of your complaint with as much detail concerning the incident and why you believe the deputy’s conduct was inappropriate
You may also use the online form below to submit a complaint. Or print a copy by clicking here
Upon the completion of an Internal Affairs Investigation, the Chief Deputy or another supervisor will notify the complainant if the investigation is closed or the status of the complaint and their further right to appeal the decision to the Sheriff.