Commendations and Complaints

Officer Commendations

It is the policy of the Vermillion Police Department to recognize agency personnel who demonstrate dedication, courage or superior initiative in the performance of their duties, or while providing exceptional service to the agency and/or community. Positive input from the community may result in an employee receiving recognition in a variety of forms, ranging from a letter of commendation to an award presented to the officer.

To report outstanding or exceptional performance by a member of the VPD, please call (605)677-7070 or use the online Commendation Form. Please be prepared to provide:

Officer Complaints

As the caretaker of the public safety, it is the policy of the Police Department to properly investigate all complaints against the Department or its personnel; to equitably determine whether the allegations are valid or invalid; and to initiate appropriate closure and /or corrective action as deemed necessary.

Complaints against the Police Department or its personnel may be made by any person. Initial complaints may be made in person, by telephone, in writing, or online using the Complaint Form. To expedite the complaint investigation process, please be prepared to provide the following information:

Complaints involving allegations of criminal misconduct will be referred to the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation. Complaints involving allegations of non-criminal misconduct (policy violations) will be investigated by a competent authority within the department and will result in a finding (conclusion) as provided in the following ranges:

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