Professional Standards

The St. Joseph Police Department encourages citizens to report legitimate complaints of inadequate police services or police misconduct. The Professional Standards Office is committed to facilitating the department's integrity system by administering an internal system in which objectivity and fairness are assured by an impartial investigation and review of all issues brought forth.

The office is responsible for conducting background investigations of police applicants, reviewing use of force incidents, vehicle pursuits, and investigations of citizen complaints.

To contact Sergeant Murphy, or to request a statistical survey regarding professional standards or internal affairs investigations, please call 271-4780.

You may also email D. Sweiger

Professional Standards investigates complaints against St. Joseph Police employees and maintains records pertaining to those investigations.

How to File a Complaint

A complaint concerning a St. Joseph Police employee may be filed with the department in the following ways:

  • Fill out Online Form
  • Go to the Professional Standards Office, 501 Faraon Street, during business hours, 8 A.M. through 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday
  • Call the Professional Standards Office at (816) 271-4780
  • After business hours call and request to speak to a patrol supervisor at (816) 271-4722 or dispatch at (816) 271-4777
  • Write a letter to the Professional Standards Sergeant: Sergeant Gary Murphy
    501 Faraon Street
    St. Joseph, MO 64501

Compliment an Officer/Member

Fill out Online form to send a commendation.

Use of Force Reports

January 2017 (PDF)

February 2017 (PDF)

March 2017 (PDF)

April 2017 (PDF)

May 2017 (PDF)

June 2017 (PDF)

July 2017 (PDF)

August 2017 (PDF)

September 2017 (PDF)

October 2017 (PDF)

November 2017 (PDF)

January 2018 (PDF)

February 2018 (PDF)