The purpose of this information is to clearly state that racial and ethnic profiling within the Putnam County Sheriff's Office is an unacceptable practice. A fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States to all who live in this nation is to the equal protection under the law. Along with this right to equal protection is the fundamental right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures by government agents. Citizens are free to walk and drive our streets, highways, and other public places without police interference so long as they obey the law. They also are entitled to be free from crime, and from the depredations of criminals, and to drive and walk our public ways safe from the actions of reckless and careless drivers.
The Putnam County Sheriff's Office is charged with protecting these rights, for all, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, physical handicap, religion or other belief system. Because of the nature of their business, law enforcement officers are required to be observant, to identify unusual occurrences and law violations, and to act upon them. It is this pro-active enforcement that keeps our citizens free from crime, our streets and highways safe to drive upon, and that detects and apprehends criminals.
It is the policy of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office to patrol in a pro-active manner, to aggressively investigate suspicious persons and circumstances, and to enforce the motor vehicle laws, while insisting that citizens will only be stopped or detained when there exists reasonable suspicion to believe they have committed, are committing, or are about to commit, a violation of the law.
Should you encounter a situation where you believe you were stopped by a deputy based on your race, color, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, physical handicap, religion or other belief system, you are encouraged to contact the on-duty shift supervisor as soon as possible or make a complaint to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office as soon as practical by calling 386-329-0800.
Understand that each situation is unique and the deputy must alter his or her response to fit the circumstance. Generally, however, a deputy:
Questions/Compliments/Complaints:If you have a question about procedures, or a complaint about your treatment, you can contact the Sheriff's Office and ask to speak with a supervisor. You may also send a letter of compliment if you feel the deputy was particularly helpful in your situation. Praise or complaints about the Police personnel's conduct can be made by utilizing the information provided within this brochure.
You may appear in person at the Putnam County Sheriff's Office at 130 Orie Griffin Blvd., Palatka Florida, 32177. You may also mail in a written complaint if you prefer. Complaints will also be taken over the phone by asking to speak with the on-duty shift supervisor at 386-329-0800.
Summary of Complaint Procedures
Depending upon the circumstances, the incident will either be handled by a supervisor, informally by an Internal Affairs Investigator, or formally by Internal Affairs. If your case is assigned to the deputy's supervisor for investigation, the supervisor will contact you to try to resolve the situation.
If the case is to be handled formally, an Internal Affairs Investigator will complete a thorough report regarding the complaint.
All formal investigative reports are reviewed by the Sheriff's Staff for approval and recommendations.
Formal Investigation Disposition: You will be notified of the final disposition by mail.