Complaint and Internal Affairs Statistics

Complaints and Internal Affairs Summary 2021

The following data reflects complaint and internal affairs investigations statistics for the Goldsboro Police Department.  In an effort to maintain transparency and trust within the community, we intend to update and publish these statistics annually along with historical data.

The Goldsboro Police Department defines a complaint as an expression of displeasure with the actions or services of the Department and/or employee, or an allegation by any individual that an employee of the Goldsboro Police Department has misused authority, acted illegally or unethically, or violated City or Department policy.  A complaint may be filed externally e.g. citizen) or internally (e.g. Department employee), even if the complainant wishes to remain anonymous.

Depending on the severity of the allegation, a complaint may be investigated at the supervisor level as a Supervisory Investigation or by the Professional Standards Division as an Internal Affairs Investigation.  All complaints are subject to the same categories of investigative finding:

  1. Exonerated – The alleged incident did occur, but the actions of the officer(s) were justified, legal and proper.
  2. Sustained – The investigation disclosed sufficient evidence to prove the all