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Subchapter 002 : Unprofessional Conduct(Cite as: 20 V.S.A. § 2404)
§ 2404. Investigations
(a) Agency investigations of Category A and B conduct.
(1)(A) Each law enforcement agency shall conduct a valid investigation of any complaint alleging that a law enforcement officer employed by the agency committed Category A or Category B conduct. An agency shall conclude its investigation even if the officer resigns from the agency during the course of the investigation.
(B) Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision (A) of this subdivision (1), a law enforcement agency shall refer to the Council any unprofessional conduct complaints made against a law enforcement officer who is the executive officer of that agency.
(2)(A) The Council shall accept from any source complaints alleging a law enforcement officer committed unprofessional conduct and, if the Executive Director of the Council deems such a complaint credible, he or she shall refer any complaints regarding Category A or Category B conduct to the executive officer of the agency who employs that officer, and that agency shall conduct a valid investigation.
(B) Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision (A) of this subdivision (2), the Council shall cause to be conducted an alternate course of investigation if the allegation is in regard to a law enforcement officer who is the executive officer of the agency.
(b) Exception to an agency’s valid investigation. Notwithstanding a law enforcement agency’s valid investigation of a complaint, the Council may investigate that complaint or cause the complaint to be investigated if the officer resigned before a valid investigation had begun or was completed.
(c) Council investigations of Category C conduct. The Council shall investigate allegations of Category C conduct. (Added 2017, No. 56, § 1, eff. July 1, 2018.)