If you got stopped for speeding and you thought that the police officer was rude and unprofessional, where would you go to file a complaint or at least vent your frustration? And on the flipside, if you were in an accident and thought that the responding officers were very helpful and professional, where would you turn to sing their praises? The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has an online complaint/commendation form that you can fill out and send in. Many police departments have a formal process for giving feedback about an officer, including the St. Louis County Police Department.
The fact is, some people are a little intimidated about going to a police department to criticize one of its officers. And others don't have a lot of faith that police departments will investigate the complaints fully and discipline an officer. That's why there have been calls for citizen review boards to independently investigate complaints against police. That's also part of the reasoning why Gino Sesto created the website, RateMyCop.com. It gives people the chance to speak their mind about an encounter with a police officer, good or bad.
News 4 Investigates took a good look at the website and found some comments about officers at local law enforcement agencies. Some of the comments were harsh and some were very complimentary. But many local officers are critical of the website because it allows anyone to say anything, without the accusations being verified or the accused having a chance to answer the criticisms. These days you can read and write reviews about products you buy, restaurants you frequent and attractions that you visit. Is it about time for police officers to join the world of online reviews? Let me know what you think.
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