Professional Responsibility Unit

Professional Responsibility Unit

The Professional Responsibility Unit is headed by Lt. Richard Odum who can be reached at 706-613-3358 ext. 224.  SPO Tony Howard also is assigned to this unit and can be contacted at 706-613-3358 ext. 225 or email.

Together, Lt. Odum and SPO Howard are responsible for investigating and coordinating any investigations of alleged misconduct against members of the Athens-Clarke County Police Department. 

What is Internal Affairs?

It is an integral part of the police department, reporting directly to the Chief of Police, which monitors police conduct and investigates citizen complaints. The function is necessary to ensure the department's credibility, trust, and effectiveness as a law enforcement agency in the Athens-Clarke County community. Types of investigations conducted by the internal affairs function include: alleged police brutality, profanity, illegal acts, disrespectful conduct, or violations of civil rights committed by police employees.
Misconduct Complaint Procedure

How do you file a complaint?

If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of police conduct, you can file a complaint. Some complaints, such as rudeness or discourtesy, will normally be handled by the officer's supervisor or unit commander. Complaints deemed to be integrity issues will be handled by the Professional Responsibility Unit.
You can file your complaint by:
  1. Coming in person to the Professional Responsibility Unit, Athens-Clarke County Police Department, 3035 Lexington Road, Athens, Georgia 30605 (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
  2. Completing the online Complaint Form
  3. By telephone: 706-613-3330
  4. By contacting the on-duty Watch Commander: 706-613-3345

How is your complaint handled?

  • If you want the department to investigate a formal complaint, you may be asked to be interviewed, possibly recorded on tape, and provide a written statement.
  • It is important for you to make the complaint as soon as possible.
  • The investigator will then interview witnesses and involved officers to obtain statements.
  • All other information and evidence will be analyzed and a conclusion reached.
  • Most complaints are completed within 30 days and then you are notified.

Special Notes

  • It is important that you make your complaint as soon as possible.
  • If you want a complaint investigated, you may be asked to be interviewed.
  • Upon completion of a formal investigation, the complaint will be notified in writing of t he investigator's findings.
  • If your complaint alleges that police have assaulted you, you should seek medical attention immediately.
  • If your complaint is of alleged police assault and there are signs of injury, you should have photographs taken as soon as possible.
  • If you need it, arrangements can be made by an Investigating Officer to have photographs taken; we will provide you with transportation to the police department or visit your home.
  • All complaints against employees of this department will be documented and investigated including anonymous complaints.

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