Complaint & Affidavit Information and Forms

 

It is our policy to courteously receive and investigate written complaints concerning our employees. All complaints will be received and reviewed even if the complaining person does not identify themselves or does not put the complaint in writing.  However, anonymous and verbal only complaints may restrict the effective resolution. Upon receipt of a complaint, a copy of the complaint will be given to the employee within a reasonable amount of time (usually within five days of receipt) and before any disciplinary action may be imposed per the Texas Government Code. Complaints against Bell County Sheriff’s Department employees must meet the requirements of Sections 614.022 and 614.023 of the Texas Government Code and Sections 37.02 and 37.03 of the Texas Penal Code. See below for the Codes.

 

A person wanting to make a complaint may obtain complaint forms at:

  • Online with the link below
  • Bell County Sheriff’s Department (front lobby): 104 S. Main St., Belton, TX, 76513
  • Bell County Sheriff’s Department Personnel Office: 111 W. Central Ave., Belton, TX, 76513

 

Complaint forms may be submitted in person,  or by mail at the above locations, or electronically submitted by using the required electronic signature boxes and button to send to Bell County Sheriff's Department.

Eddy Lange
Bell County Sheriff
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 LIMITATIONS ON ACCEPTING COMPLAINTS

Complaints will not be accepted more than thirty days after the alleged incident except when the complaint involves a criminal violation; in which case, the criminal statute of limitations will prevail or when the complainant can show good cause for not filing the complaint within the time limits. This determination shall be made by the Chief Deputy or Sheriff.

 CONFIDENTIALITY OF INVESTIGATIONS

All complaint investigations shall be considered confidential, except as provided below, no portion of the investigations may be reproduced without the authority of the Chief Deputy. Upon written request, a complainant will be provided with a copy of his/her own work product. Investigative reports will not be released to any complainant except when required by law.

 TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODES

 614.22. Complaint to be In Writing and Signed by Complainant
To be considered by the head of a state agency or by the head of a fire department or local law enforcement agency, the complaint must be:
                           (l)  in writing; and
                          (2) signed by the person making the complaint.

614.23. Copy of Complaint to be Given to Officer or Employee
(a) A copy of a signed complaint against a law enforcement officer of this state or a fire fighter, detention officer, county jailer, or peace officer appointed or employed by a political subdivision of this state shall be given to the officer or employee within a reasonable time after the complaint is filed.

(b) Disciplinary action may not be taken against the officer or employee unless a copy of the signed complaint is given to the officer or employee. (c) In addition to the requirement of Subsection (b), the officer or employee may not be indefinitely suspended or terminated from employment based on the subject matter of the complaint unless:
                            (1) the complaint is investigated; and
                            (2) there is evidence to prove the allegation of misconduct. 

Texas Penal Code

Sec. 37.02.  PERJURY.  (a)  A person commits an offense if, with intent to deceive and with knowledge of the statement's meaning: (1) he makes a false statement under oath or swears to the truth of a false statement previously made and the statement is required or authorized by law to be made under oath;  or (2) he makes a false unsworn declaration under Chapter 132, Civil Practice and Remedies Code. (b)  An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.

Sec. 37.03.  AGGRAVATED PERJURY.  (a)  A person commits an offense if he commits perjury as defined in Section 37.02, and the false statement: (1)  is made during or in connection with an official proceeding;  and (2)  is material. (b)  An offense under this section is a felony of the third degree. 

Link to affidavit/complaint form