Newton Police Dept. Reminds Residents of Right to File Citizen Complaints

Complaints or commendations against/for a Newton Police officer can be submitted verbally or in writing.

The Newton Police Department is reminding residents this month of their right to file citizen complaints against Newton Police officers. 

Citizens can confidentially file verbal or written complaints against police officers, the department said in a press release. 

Written complaints can be hand delivered to a superior officer at the Newton Police Department or mailed to Interim Chief Howard Mintz, 1321 Washington St., Newton MA 02465. 

Commendations can also be made verbally or submitted in written form. Compliments and commendations are copied to the personnel files of the individual officers, the department said.

For more information on filing complaints or commendations, residents can call the Newton Police Department at 617-796-2100.

Under national accreditation standards, the department is required once a year to remind citizens of their right to file complaints and commendations, the press release said. 

Keith W. Bacon February 13, 2013 at 02:27 PM
None here! What about filing complaints about businesses and multi-unit landlords that have not done their part to clean the sidewalk?
Melanie Graham February 13, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Hi Keith -- You can file complaints about unshoveled sidewalks with the city. Call them in to 617-796-1000 or file the complaint online: http://mygovhelp.us/newtonma/_cs/RequestSelect.aspx?sSessionID=EDE570D2E1714A5BBFEAED0B7A1AD644IBKBYUWY Hope that helps!
Adam Maleson February 14, 2013 at 12:17 AM
And in extreme cases of abuse, such as use of excessive force and fabricating official reports, citizens also have the right to file lawsuits and take the offending officers to court. There is no place in my hometown for officers who feel they have the right to violate legal limits to their own exercise of their position of power. Each time this takes place and the citizens fail to file complaints, it only reinforces the notion in those officers' minds that they can indeed do whatever they want to in dealing with citizens, and get away with it. I consider this the #1 most urgent issue currently facing this city. The tax-override, as obscene as it is, takes a back seat to the issue of police corruption. And fraternity-style pranks such as officers egging each others' houses, are an inoffensive triviality compared to the serious issues of brutality and deception in the police's dealings with the public.
Kevin B June 03, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Failed a test, tickets or just a loser is my guess.


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