Evanston community members have a new way to submit feedback about the Evanston Police Department (EPD). A box with the EPD logo was recently erected in the back of the Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., for comments, commendations and complaints about the EPD.
Community members can fill out ready-made forms, available at the EPD, 1454 Elmwood Ave., and soon at other buildings, or they can also write their own notes and drop them in the box.
Complaints about police may be made anonymously; however, anonymous complaints are difficult to investigate without the ability to clarify information from the complainant.
“If we don’t know who is presenting the complaint, we can’t follow up to determine the details of the situation that resulted in the grievance,” said Chief of Police Richard Eddington.
All complaints against police officers are reviewed and investigated thoroughly by the Office of Professional Standards (OPS) or the officer’s supervisor.
A new Citizens Police Advisory Committee will soon advise the Chief of Police on disciplinary matters. To submit comments, complaints or commendations, community members can visit the police department at 1454 Elmwood Ave. and talk to a supervisor; call the department’s OPS, 847- 866-5009; send a letter by mail to the OPS; or e-mail the department using the new online form at www.cityofevanston.org/policefeedback.