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Next Steps in Complaint Against an Officer

The Police and Fire Commission considers a third party investigator
Post Date:06/26/2020 2:10 PM

We received a complaint on June 18, 2020 about Officer Joseph Mensah in the shooting of Jay Anderson Jr.  Complaints against an officer are reviewed by the Police and Fire Commission. Complaints can be investigated by the Police and Fire Commission or by the Police Chief. City staff is recommending that the Police and Fire Commission hire a third party for a thorough investigation of this complaint.

The first meeting of the Police and Fire Commission will be in open session on July 15 at 4 pm. During this meeting, they will consider hiring a third party investigator and define the scope of the investigation.

If hired, the investigator would conduct a thorough investigation and present findings during another meeting of the Police and Fire Commission. The Police and Fire Commission would have time to consider the report and define the scope of the investigation. The investigative and hearing process is likely to occur over a series of Police and Fire Commission meetings.

What is the purpose of the Police and Fire Commission?

The Police and Fire Commission in Wauwatosa, made up of five civilian residents, are charged with appointing the police and fire chiefs. Further, the board oversees the hiring of police and fire personnel. They can review and overturn a disciplinary decision made by either the Police Chief or Fire Chief. The Police and Fire Commission can also remove either chief with just cause.

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