The Internal Affairs Division of the Pineville Police Department serves the following purposes:
Protection of the Public: The public has the right to expect efficient, fair, and impartial law enforcement. Therefore, any misconduct by Department personnel must be detected, thoroughly investigated and properly adjudicated to insure the maintenance of these qualities.
Protection of the Department: The Department is generally evaluated and judged by the conduct of its individual members. It is imperative that the entire organization not be subjected to public censure because of misconduct by a few of its personnel. When an informed public knows that its Police Department honestly and fairly investigates and adjudicates all allegations of misconduct against its members, the public will be less likely to feel any need to raise a cry of indignation over alleged incidents of misconduct.
Protection of Personnel: The employee must be protected against false accusations of misconduct. This can only be accomplished through a consistently thorough investigative process.
Identification of Unfit Personnel: Personnel who engage in serious acts of misconduct, or who have demonstrated they are unfit for law enforcement work, must be identified for the protection of the public, the Department, and Departmental employees.
Correction of Procedural Problems: The Department is constantly seeking to improve its efficiency and the efficiency of its personnel. Occasionally, administrative investigations disclose faulty procedures that would otherwise have gone undetected. These procedures can be improved or corrected. The proper application of these objectives should improve the quality of police service to the community.