This is our collection of resources, frequently asked questions, and services we provide.  If you cannot find an answer to your question here, call 801-298-6000.

 

Victim Services

Being the victim of a crime can be frightening, confusing, and stressful for anyone. The period of time after the crime has been committed is often an extension of all of those emotions though the court process and beyond. Bountiful Victim Services is here to offer advocacy, support, knowledge, and the opportunity for empowerment to victims of crime. We are here to help the process of healing by:

  • Being a connection for victims between law enforcement and prosecution.
  • Explaining the judicial process and your role in the process.
  • Providing court assistants and accompaniment.       
  • Assistance filing Civil and Criminal Protective Orders.
  • Filing for assistance through Crime Victim Reparations.
  • Requesting restitution.
  • Offering direction to additional community resources.

We have an area for children that is separate from the advocate’s office, so adult conversations can be made openly and privately.

Court resources

https://www.utcourts.gov/index.html

Domestic violence resources

Bountiful City Domestic Violence Pamphlet

http://udvc.org/

http://www.safeharborhope.org/ 

You can contact the advocate directly at:

ndaugherty@bountifulutah.gov

801-298-6137

 

AED Registry

Utah Law requires the local emergency medical dispatch center to inform a person who calls to report a potential incident of sudden cardiac arrest of the location of any nearby AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator). To support this requirement, as set forth in Utah Code Annotated section 26-8b-301 et seq., a person who owns or leases an AED shall report the name, address, and phone number of the AED owner and the exact location of each AED, in writing, to their local emergency medical dispatch center.

Bountiful City Communications Center is the designated local emergency medical dispatch center for the following cities:

Bountiful City
Centerville City
North Salt Lake City
West Bountiful City
Woods Cross City


All AEDs in commercial buildings must be registered with Bountiful City Communications Center. If at a later date you relocate the AED, you are required to provide updated information within thirty (30) days.  AED's in private residences or vehicles, do not need to be registered, although it is encouraged.

 

 

Forms

Choose the form you need.  Keep in mind that these forms are not legal documents or official until given to a Bountiful Police Officer or Communications Officer.

Application for Sound Amplification

Records Request

Request for Apprehension of a Runaway

Stolen Vehicle Affidavit

Vacation Watch Request

Witness Statement

Witness Statement - Spanish

City Code

Services

In addition to traditional police duties, we also make ourselves available for the following services;

Fingerprinting

Station Tour Requests

Speed Measuring Radar Trailer

Vacation Checks

Prescription Medication Disposal

Police Report Requests

Sex Offender Information

 

 

The state of Utah maintains a database of sex offenders, which can be searched and referenced through their website.  Please note, this is not maintained by the Bountiful City Police Department, and make sure you read and understand the conditions of the state site before proceeding.  To go to the site, click the banner above.

Sex Offender Legislation / Registry Requirements

In August of 2009, laws went into effect which require registered sex offenders to register every 6 months at their local police agency.  The Bountiful City Police Department is asking that anyone who resides within the Bountiful City limits—and is required to register as a sex offender according to Utah Code Annotated, Section 77-27-21.5— report to the Bountiful Police Department to fulfill this responsibility.

As of December 1st 2015, an offender who has to register in Bountiful City, will need to pre-register at;

www.offenderwatchexpress.com

Then, an appointment will need to be made to appear at the police department in person, and sign off on the changes you made online.  Call 801-298-6255 to schedule an appointment.  You may call anytime and leave a message, but appointments are only available 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Thursday.  Your changes must be confirmed in person within three business days of the effective date of the change.

The POP Unit may be reached for questions or concerns about sex offenders or registrations at 801-298-6048, or 801-298-6047.

Instructions for Offender Watch Express

Letter from the Chief regarding registration procedure change

Crime Prevention and Victim's Resources


          

 

        

 

     

Scam Information

Traffic School

INSTRUCTIONS FOR BOUNTIFUL CITY TRAFFIC SCHOOL

 

·         Bountiful City Traffic School is held at the Bountiful Police Department at 805 South Main Street, Bountiful, Utah. The Police Department is located on the first floor of the Court building.

·         Traffic School is held on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. You only need to attend one session.

·         You must pay for traffic school BEFORE attending.

·         The cost is $50.00 which is payable between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Bountiful City Police Department, 805 South Main Street, Bountiful, Utah.

·         You will be given a receipt when you pay.  Bring the receipt you received from Bountiful City (not the one from the court) and picture identification with you when you come to traffic school. You must turn in the receipt and show ID to be admitted in the class.

·         The roll will be turned in to the Bountiful City Prosecutor's office to ensure you receive credit for attendance.  Be sure to sign the roll or you will not receive credit for attending.

·         The Police Department is a secure facility so you must arrive on time in order to be admitted. Once class begins, the door will be locked and you cannot enter.

·         YOU MUST COMPLETE TRAFFIC SCHOOL 90 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF YOUR PLEA IN ABEYANCE AGREEMENT.

 For questions, contact the Bountiful City Prosecutor's office at 801-298-6145.

Organized Events

Roles of Police for Events

The purpose of having police officers at an organized event is primarily for the safety and security of participants and the enforcement of laws.

Responsibility of Officers at Events

Officers present at an event will coordinate with organizers to ensure the best possible service is provided. Officers look forward to interacting with citizens during organized events while focusing on safety for participants and bystanders.

Events Which Require Police

All organized events must be approved by the Chief of Police no less than 30 days PRIOR to the event. Events which require police assistance are determined by the Chief of Police.

Number of Officers Required at Events

The decision to have Bountiful Police present at an event will be made the Chief of Police. Factors which will affect the number of officers for an event include:

- date of event
- time of event
- location of event
- prediction of crowd size, composition and expected behavior
- type of event being held

Dont forget, permits are required for amplified music or speech.

Applicants requesting an organized event may submit the form linked at the bottom of this section.  The form also explains the requirements for hosting an event.  When the form is completed, you can submit it via email at events@bountifulutah.gov or hand deliver it to the city recorder at City Hall (790 S 100 E).

Organized Event Submission Form

 

Crossing Guards

Crossing guards through Bountiful are supervised by Julie Fiegleson, and are employees of the Bountiful City Police Department.  If you have any questions or concerns about our crossing guards, or are interested in becoming one, contact Julie at 801-298-6023 or jfiegleson@bountifulutah.gov.

Towing Service Agreement

Body Camera Policy

424.1  PURPOSE AND SCOPE

This policy provides guidelines for the use of portable audio/video recording devices by members of this department while in the performance of their duties. Portable audio/video recording devices include all recording systems whether body-worn, hand held or integrated into portable equipment.

This policy does not apply to lawful surreptitious audio/video recording, interception of communications for authorized investigative purposes or to mobile audio/video recordings (see the Investigation and Prosecution and Mobile Audio Video policies).

Additional guidance regarding the use of body-worn cameras during the execution of a warrant is found in the Warrant Service Policy. 

424.2  POLICY
 
The Bountiful City Police Department may provide members with access to portable recorders, either audio or video or both, for use during the performance of their duties. The use of recorders is intended to enhance the mission of the Department by accurately capturing contacts between members of the Department and the public.
 
424.3  MEMBER PRIVACY EXPECTATION
 
All recordings made by members acting in their official capacity shall remain the property of the Department regardless of whether those recordings were made with department-issued or personally owned recorders. Members shall have no expectation of privacy or ownership interest in the content of these recordings.
 
424.4  MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES
 
Prior to going into service, each uniformed member will be responsible for making sure that he/she is equipped with a portable recorder issued by the Department, and that the recorder is in good working order. If the recorder is not in working order or malfunctions at any time, the member shall promptly report the failure to his/her supervisor and obtain a functioning device as soon as practicable. Uniformed members should wear the recorder in a conspicuous manner or otherwise notify persons that they are being recorded, whenever possible. 

Any member assigned to a non-uniformed position may carry an approved portable recorder at any time the member believes that such a device may be useful. Unless conducting a lawful recording in an authorized undercover capacity, non-uniformed members should wear the recorder in a conspicuous manner when in use or otherwise notify persons that they are being recorded, whenever possible. 

When using a portable recorder, the assigned member shall record his/her name,  identification number and the current date and time at the beginning and the end of the shift or other period of use, regardless of whether any activity was recorded. This procedure is not required when the recording device and related software captures the user’s unique identification and the date and time of each recording. 

Members should document the existence of a recording in any report or other official record of the contact, including any instance where the recorder malfunctioned or the member deactivated the recording. Members should include the reason for deactivation.

424.5  ACTIVATION OF THE PORTABLE RECORDER

This policy is not intended to describe every possible situation in which the portable recorder should be used, although there are many situations where its use is appropriate. Members should activate the recorder any time the member believes it would be appropriate or valuable to record an incident. 

The portable recorder should be activated in any of the following situations: 

  1. All enforcement and investigative contacts including stops and field interview (FI) situations
  2. Traffic stops including, but not limited to, traffic violations, stranded motorist assistance and all crime interdiction stops
  3. Self-initiated activity in which a member would normally notify Communications
  4. Any other contact that becomes adversarial after the initial contact in a situation that would not otherwise require recording

Members should remain sensitive to the dignity of all individuals being recorded and exercise sound discretion to respect privacy by discontinuing recording whenever it reasonably appears to the member that such privacy may outweigh any legitimate law enforcement interest in recording. Requests by members of the public to stop recording should be considered using this same criterion. Recording should resume when privacy is no longer at issue unless the circumstances no longer fit the criteria for recording. 

At no time is a member expected to jeopardize his/her safety in order to activate a portable recorder or change the recording media. However, the recorder should be activated in situations described above as soon as practicable.

424.5.1  CESSATION OF RECORDING

Once activated, the portable recorder should remain on continuously until the member’s direct participation in the incident is complete or the situation no longer fits the criteria for activation. Recording may be stopped during significant periods of inactivity such as report writing or other breaks from direct participation in the incident.

If a member feels it necessary to stop recording (speaking to a confidential informant, at the request of the witness/victim, council with a supervisor) within the constraints of policy, the member may be permitted to verbally indicate their intent to stop the recording.  Before stopping the device and upon reactivation the member should state the reason for deactivation and then announce the reactivation when recording continues. 

424.5.2  SURREPTITIOUS USE OF THE PORTABLE RECORDER
 
Utah law permits an individual to surreptitiously record any conversation in which one party to the conversation has given his/her permission (Utah Code 77-23a-4).

Members of the Department may surreptitiously record any conversation during the course of a criminal investigation in which the member reasonably believes that such a recording will be lawful and beneficial to the investigation.

Members shall not surreptitiously record another department member without a court order unless lawfully authorized by the Chief of Police or the authorized designee.

424.5.3  EXPLOSIVE DEVICE

Many portable recorders, including body-worn cameras and audio/video transmitters, emit radio waves that could trigger an explosive device. Therefore, these devices should not be used where an explosive device may be present.

424.6  PROHIBITED USE OF PORTABLE RECORDERS

Members are prohibited from using department-issued portable recorders and recording media for personal use and are prohibited from making personal copies of recordings created while on-duty or while acting in their official capacity.

Members are also prohibited from retaining recordings of activities or information obtained while on-duty whether the recording was created with a department-issued or personally owned recorder. Members shall not duplicate or distribute such recordings, except for authorized legitimate department business purposes. All such recordings shall be retained at the Department.

Members are prohibited from using personally owned recording devices while on-duty without the express consent of the shift supervisor. Any member who uses a personally owned recorder for department-related activities shall comply with the provisions of this policy, including retention and release requirements.

Recordings shall not be used by any member for the purpose of embarrassment or ridicule.

424.7  RETENTION OF RECORDINGS

Any time a member records any portion of a contact that the member reasonably believes constitutes evidence in a criminal case, the member shall classify and transfer the file in accordance with current procedure for storing digital files and document the existence of the recording in the related case report. Transfers should occur at the end of the member’s shift, or any time the storage capacity is nearing its limit.

Any time a member reasonably believes a recorded contact may be beneficial in a non-criminal matter (e.g., a hostile contact), the member should classify the recording and promptly notify a supervisor of the existence of the recording.

424.7.1  RETENTION REQUIREMENTS

All recordings shall be retained for a period consistent with the requirements of the organization’s records retention schedule but in no event for a period less than 180 days.

424.8  REVIEW OF RECORDINGS

When preparing written reports, members should review their recordings as a resource. However, members shall not retain personal copies of recordings. Members should not use the fact that a recording was made as a reason to write a less detailed report. 

Supervisors are authorized to review relevant recordings any time they are investigating alleged misconduct or reports of meritorious conduct or whenever such recordings would be beneficial in reviewing the member’s performance.

Recorded files may also be reviewed:

  1. Upon approval by a supervisor, by any member of the Department who is participating in an official investigation, such as a personnel complaint, administrative investigation or criminal investigation.

  2. Pursuant to lawful process or by court personnel who are otherwise authorized to review evidence in a related case.

  3. By media personnel with permission of the Chief of Police or the authorized designee.

  4. In compliance with a public records request, if permitted, and in accordance with the Records Maintenance and Release Policy.

All recordings should be reviewed by the Custodian of Records prior to public release (see the Records Maintenance and Release Policy). Recordings that unreasonably violate a person’s privacy or sense of dignity should not be publicly released unless disclosure is required by law or order of the court. 

Crime Free Housing

The Bountiful Crime Free Housing Program (CFHP) is a public safety partnership that assists residents, owners and managers of rental properties in keeping drugs and other illegal activity off their property.

The CFHP is a crime-fighting program. CFHP demonstrates a good faith effort to learn about illegal activity, address community security concerns and educate residents about crime prevention.

CFHP is an international program that began in 1992 and is in approximately 1,700 American and Canadian cities in 43 U.S. states and 4 Canadian provinces.

How the Program Works:

The purpose of the Bountiful Crime Free Housing Program is to assist landlords in developing effective partnerships in a neighborhood environment, and fostering a safe, healthy place to live. The program uses a three-level approach to eliminate crime at rental properties, to reduce calls for police service and to foster a clean, healthier, more stable living environment.

The Following communities are activity involved in the Bountiful City Crime Free Housing Program:

Name

Address

Website

Carrington Place Apartments

830 N 500 W

None

Cherry Lane Apartments

2727 S 625 W

www.cherrylaneut.com

Davis County Housing Authority

418 W Center St

www.daviscommunityhousing.com

Davis County Housing Authority

424 W Center St

www.daviscommunityhousing.com

Davis County Housing Authority

2160 S Orchard

www.daviscommunityhousing.com

Huntington Apartments

2001 S Main St

www.huntingtonapartments.com

Mill Hollow Apartments

598 S 100 E

None

Village on Main

1525 N Main St

www.villageonmainstreet.com

Windgate Apartments

2030 S Main 

www.windgateut.com

Officer Involved Critical Incident

305.1  PURPOSE AND SCOPE

.The purpose of this policy is to establish policy and procedures for the investigation of a critical incident including one in which a person is injured or dies as the result of an officer-involved shooting or dies as a result of other action of an officer.

In other incidents not covered by this policy, the Chief of Police may decide that the investigation will follow the process provided in this policy.

305.2  POLICY

The policy of the Bountiful City Police Department is to ensure that critical incidents including officer-involved shootings and deaths are investigated in a thorough, fair and impartial manner.  The department will follow the Davis County Critical Incident Investigation Protocol.

305.3  TYPES OF INVESTIGATIONS

Officer-involved shootings and deaths involve several separate investigations. The investigations may include:

  1. A criminal investigation of the suspect's actions.

  2. A criminal investigation of the involved officer's actions.

  3. An administrative investigation as to policy compliance by involved officers.

  4. A civil investigation to determine potential liability.

305.4  CONTROL OF INVESTIGATIONS

.Investigators from surrounding agencies will be assigned to work on the criminal investigation of officer-involved shootings and deaths.  An agent from the Davis County Attorney's Office will be assigned as the Operations Section Chief and an officer from a non involved agency will be assigned as the Lead Investigator.

Jurisdiction is determined by the location of the shooting or death and the agency employing the involved officer. The following scenarios outline the jurisdictional responsibilities for investigating officer-involved shootings and deaths.

305.4.1  CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION OF SUSPECT ACTIONS

The investigation of any possible criminal conduct by the suspect is controlled by the agency in whose jurisdiction the suspect’s crime occurred. For example, the Bountiful City Police Department would control the investigation if the suspect’s crime occurred in Bountiful.

If multiple crimes have been committed in multiple jurisdictions, identification of the agency that will control the investigation may be reached in the same way as with any other crime. The investigation may be conducted by the agency in control of the criminal investigation of the involved officer, at the discretion of the Chief of Police and with concurrence from the other agency.

305.4.2  ADMINISTRATIVE AND CIVIL INVESTIGATION

Regardless of where the incident occurs, the administrative and civil investigation of each involved officer is controlled by the respective employing agency.

305.4.3  CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION OF OFFICER ACTIONS

.The control of the criminal investigation into the involved officer’s conduct during the incident will be determined by the Davis County Critical Incident Protocol. When an officer from this department is involved, the criminal investigation will be handled according to the Criminal Investigation section of this policy.

Requests made of this department to investigate a shooting or death involving an outside agency’s officer shall be referred to the Chief of Police or the authorized designee for approval.

305.5  INVESTIGATION PROCESS

The following procedures are guidelines used in the investigation of an officer-involved shooting or death.

305.5.1  UNINVOLVED OFFICER RESPONSIBILITIES

Upon arrival at the scene of an officer-involved shooting or death, the first uninvolved BPD officer will be the officer-in-charge and will assume the responsibilities of a supervisor until properly relieved. This officer should, as appropriate:

  1. Secure the scene and identify and eliminate hazards for all those involved.
  2. Take reasonable steps to obtain emergency medical attention for injured individuals.
  3. Request additional resources from the Department or other agencies.
  4. Coordinate a perimeter or pursuit of suspects.
  5. Check for injured persons and evacuate as needed.
  6. Brief the supervisor upon arrival.
305.5.2   SUPERVISOR RESPONSIBILITIES

.Upon arrival at the scene, the first uninvolved BPD supervisor should ensure completion of the duties as outlined above, plus:

  1. Attempt to obtain a brief overview of the situation from any uninvolved officers.
    1. In the event that there are no uninvolved officers who can supply adequate overview, the supervisor should attempt to obtain a brief voluntary overview from one involved officer.
  2. If necessary, the supervisor may administratively order any BPD officer to immediately provide public safety information necessary to secure the scene, identify injured parties and pursue suspects.
    1. Public safety information shall be limited to such things as outstanding suspect information, number and direction of any shots fired, perimeter of the incident scene, identity of known or potential witnesses and any other pertinent information.
    2. The initial on-scene supervisor should not attempt to order any involved officer to provide any information other than public safety information.
  3. Provide all available information to the Sergeant and Communications. If feasible, sensitive information should be communicated over secure networks.
  4. Take command of and secure the incident scene with additional BPD members until properly relieved by another supervisor or other assigned personnel or investigator.
  5. As soon as practicable, ensure that involved officers are transported (separately, if feasible) to a suitable location for further direction.
    1. Each involved BPD officer should be given an administrative order not to discuss the incident with other involved officers or BPD members pending further direction from a supervisor.
    2. When an involved officer’s weapon is taken or left at the scene for other than officer-safety reasons (e.g., evidence), ensure that he/she is provided with a comparable replacement weapon or transported by other officers.
  6. The shift supervisor shall be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the incident until he/she is relieved by the Chief of Police or a Division Commander.
  7. All outside inquiries about the incident shall be directed to the Division Commander.
305.5.3  NOTIFICATIONS

.The following persons shall be notified as soon as practicable:

  • Chief of Police
  • Detective Division Commander
  • Patrol Division Commander
  • Critical Incident Investigative Protocol team
  • Outside agency investigators (if appropriate)
  • Medical Examiner (if necessary)
  • Involved officer’s agency representative (if requested)
  • Public Information Officer
305.5.4  INVOLVED OFFICERS

..The following shall be considered for the involved officer:

  1. Any request for legal or union representation will be accommodated.
    1. Involved BPD officers shall not be permitted to meet collectively or in a group with an attorney or any representative prior to providing a formal interview or report.
    2. Requests from involved non-BPD officers should be referred to their employing agency.
  2. Discussions with licensed attorneys will be considered privileged as attorney-client communications.
  3. Discussions with agency representatives/employee groups will be privileged only as to the discussion of non-criminal information.
  4. A licensed psychotherapist shall be provided by the Department to each involved BPD officer. A licensed psychotherapist may also be provided to any other affected BPD members, upon request.
    1. Interviews with a licensed psychotherapist will be considered privileged.
    2. An interview or session with a licensed psychotherapist may take place prior to the member providing a formal interview or report. However, involved members shall not be permitted to consult or meet collectively or in a group with a licensed psychotherapist prior to providing a formal interview or report.
    3. A separate fitness-for-duty exam may also be required (see the Fitness for Duty Policy).
  5. Although the Department will honor the sensitivity of communications with peer counselors, there is no legal privilege to such communications. Peer counselors are cautioned against discussing the facts of any incident with an involved or witness officer.

Care should be taken to preserve the integrity of any physical evidence present on the involved officer's equipment or clothing, such as blood or fingerprints, until investigators or lab personnel can properly retrieve it.

Each involved BPD officer shall be given reasonable paid administrative leave following an officer-involved shooting or death. It shall be the responsibility of the Sergeant to make schedule adjustments to accommodate such leave.

305.6  CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

The Davis County Attorney's Office is responsible for the criminal investigation into the circumstances of any officer-involved shooting or death.

Upon invocation of the Critical Incident Protocol, members of the Unified Command will select an Operations Chief and a Lead Investigator to manage the criminal investigation.

Once public safety issues have been addressed, criminal investigators should be given the opportunity to obtain a voluntary statement from involved officers and to complete their interviews. The following shall be considered for the involved officer:

  1. Bountiful Police supervisors and Internal Affairs Investigator personnel should not participate directly in any voluntary interview of Bountiful Police officers.
  2. If requested, any involved officer will be afforded the opportunity to consult individually with a representative of his/her choosing or an attorney prior to speaking with criminal investigators. However, in order to maintain the integrity of each involved officer’s statement, involved officers shall not consult or meet with a representative or an attorney collectively or in groups prior to being interviewed.
  3. If any involved officer is physically, emotionally or otherwise not in a position to provide a voluntary statement when interviewed by criminal investigators, consideration should be given to allowing a reasonable period for the officer to schedule an alternate time for the interview (Generally between 24 and 48 hours after the incident).
  4. Any voluntary statement provided by an involved officer will be made available for inclusion in any related investigation, including administrative investigations. However, no administratively coerced statement will be provided to any criminal investigators unless the officer consents.
305.6.1  REPORTS BY INVOLVED BPD OFFICERS

In the event that suspects remain outstanding or subject to prosecution for related offenses, this department shall retain the authority to require involved BPD officers to provide sufficient information for related criminal reports to facilitate the apprehension and prosecution of those individuals.

While the involved BPD officers may write the report, it is generally recommended that such reports be completed by assigned investigators, who should interview all involved officers as victims/witnesses. Since the purpose of these reports will be to facilitate criminal prosecution, statements of involved officers should focus on evidence to establish the elements of criminal activities by suspects. Care should be taken not to duplicate information provided by involved officers in other reports.

Nothing in this section shall be construed to deprive an involved BPD officer of the right to consult with legal counsel prior to completing any such criminal report.

Reports related to the prosecution of criminal suspects will be processed according to normal procedures but should also be included for reference in the investigation of the officer-involved shooting or death.

305.6.2  WITNESS IDENTIFICATION AND INTERVIEWS

Because potential witnesses to an officer-involved shooting or death may become unavailable or the integrity of their statements compromised with the passage of time, a supervisor should take reasonable steps to promptly coordinate with criminal investigators to utilize available law enforcement personnel for the following:

  1. Identification of all persons present at the scene and in the immediate area.
    1. When feasible, a recorded statement should be obtained from those persons who claim not to have witnessed the incident but who were present at the time it occurred.
    2. Any potential witness who is unwilling or unable to remain available for a formal interview should not be detained absent reasonable suspicion to detain or probable cause to arrest. Without detaining the individual for the sole purpose of identification, attempts to identify the witness prior to his/her departure should be made whenever feasible.
  2. Witnesses who are willing to provide a formal interview should be asked to meet at a suitable location where criminal investigators may obtain a recorded statement. Such witnesses, if willing, may be transported by a member of the Department.
    1. A written, verbal or recorded statement of consent should be obtained prior to transporting a witness. When the witness is a minor, consent should be obtained from the parent or guardian, if available, prior to transportation.
  3. Promptly contacting the suspect’s known family and associates to obtain any available and untainted background information about the suspect’s activities and state of mind prior to the incident.
305.6.3  INVESTIGATIVE PERSONNEL

Once notified of an officer-involved shooting or death, it shall be the responsibility of the designated supervisor to assign appropriate investigative personnel to handle the investigation of related crimes. Members of the Critical Incident Protocol Team will investigate the critical incident.

All related department reports, except administrative and/or privileged reports, will be forwarded to the designated Detective Division supervisor for approval. Privileged reports shall be maintained exclusively by members who are authorized such access. Administrative reports will be forwarded to the appropriate Division Commander.

305.7  ADMINISTRATIVE INVESTIGATION

.In addition to all other investigations associated with an officer-involved shooting or death, this department will conduct an internal administrative investigation to determine conformance with all Department policy. This investigation will be conducted under the supervision of the Internal Affairs Investigator and will be considered a confidential officer personnel file.

Interviews of members shall be subject to department policies and applicable laws.

  1. Any officer involved in a shooting or death may be requested or administratively compelled to provide a blood sample for alcohol/drug screening. Absent consent from the officer, such compelled samples and the results of any such testing shall not be disclosed to any criminal investigative agency.

  2. If any officer has voluntarily elected to provide a statement to criminal investigators, the assigned administrative investigator should review that statement before proceeding with any further interview of that involved officer.

    1. If a further interview of the officer is deemed necessary to determine policy compliance, care should be taken to limit the inquiry to new areas with minimal, if any, duplication of questions addressed in the voluntary statement. The involved officer shall be provided with a copy of his/her prior statement before proceeding with any subsequent interviews.

  3. In the event that an involved officer has elected to not provide criminal investigators with a voluntary statement, the assigned administrative investigator shall conduct an administrative interview to determine all relevant information.

    1. Although this interview should not be unreasonably delayed, care should be taken to ensure that the officer’s physical and psychological needs have been addressed before commencing the interview.

    2. If requested, the officer shall have the opportunity to select an uninvolved representative to be present during the interview. However, in order to maintain the integrity of each individual officer's statement, involved officers shall not consult or meet with a representative or attorney collectively or in a group prior to being interviewed.

    3. Administrative interviews should be recorded by the investigator. The officer may also record the interview.

    4. The officer shall be informed of the nature of the investigation. If an officer refuses to answer questions, he/she should be given his/her Garrity rights and ordered to provide full and truthful answers to all questions. The officer shall be informed that the interview will be for administrative purposes only and that the statement cannot be used criminally. 

    5. The Internal Affairs Investigator shall compile all relevant information and reports necessary for the Department to determine compliance with applicable policies.

    6. Any other indications of a potential violation of any policy shall be determined in accordance with standard disciplinary procedures.

       

305.8  CIVIL LIABILITY RESPONSE

.A member of this department may be assigned to work exclusively under the direction of the legal counsel for the Department to assist in the preparation of materials deemed necessary in anticipation of potential civil litigation.

All materials generated in this capacity shall be considered attorney work product and may not be used for any other purpose. The civil liability response is not intended to interfere with any other investigation but shall be given reasonable access to all other investigations.

305.9  AUDIO AND VIDEO RECORDINGS

..Any officer involved in a shooting or death may be permitted to review available Mobile Audio/Video (MAV), body-worn video, or other video or audio recordings prior to providing a recorded statement or completing reports.

Upon request, non-law enforcement witnesses who are able to verify their presence and their ability to contemporaneously perceive events at the scene of an incident may also be permitted to review available MAV, body-worn video, or other video or audio recordings with the approval of assigned investigators or a supervisor.

Any MAV, body-worn and other known video or audio recordings of an incident should not be publicly released during an ongoing investigation without consulting the prosecuting attorney or County Attorney's Office, as appropriate.

305.10  DEBRIEFING

.Following an officer-involved shooting or death, the Bountiful City Police Department should conduct both a critical incident/stress debriefing and a tactical debriefing.

305.10.1  CRITICAL INCIDENT/STRESS DEBRIEFING

A critical incident/stress debriefing should occur as soon as practicable. The Administration Division Commander is responsible for organizing the debriefing. Notes and recorded statements should not be taken because the sole purpose of the debriefing is to help mitigate the stress-related effects of a traumatic event.

The debriefing is not part of any investigative process. Care should be taken not to release or repeat any communication made during a debriefing unless otherwise authorized by policy, law or a valid court order.

Attendance at the debriefing shall only include those members of the Department directly involved in the incident, which can include support personnel (e.g., dispatcher, other non-sworn). Family or other support personnel may attend with the concurrence of those involved in the incident. The debriefing shall be closed to the public and should be closed to all other members of the Department, including supervisory and Internal Affairs Investigator personnel.

305.10.2  TACTICAL DEBRIEFING

A tactical debriefing should take place to identify any training or areas of policy that need improvement. The Chief of Police should identify the appropriate participants. This debriefing should not be conducted until all involved members have provided recorded or formal statements to criminal and/or administrative investigators.

305.11  MEDIA RELATIONS

.Any media release shall be prepared with input and concurrence from the supervisor and department representative responsible for each phase of the investigation. Releases will be available to the Sergeant, Detective  Division Commander and Public Information Officer in the event of inquiries from the media.

No involved BPD officer shall make any comment to the media unless he/she is authorized by the Chief of Police or a Division Commander.

Department members receiving inquiries regarding officer-involved shootings or deaths occurring in other jurisdictions shall refrain from public comment and will direct those inquiries to the agency having jurisdiction and primary responsibility for the investigation.