The primary responsibility of the Internal Affairs Division is to ensure the integrity of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. The Internal Affairs Division also monitors the relationship between the community and the Sheriff’s Office and strives to nurture mutual trust.
The Internal Affairs Division is commanded by Lt. Calvin Chew who reports directly to the Sheriff. Lt. Chew is also in charge of the Public Information Office.
Internal Affairs serves as an instrument of internal accountability by receiving, processing, and investigating complaints concerning employee conduct. These complaints comprise of alleged violations of Office Policy and/or Criminal Law and may originate from outside sources or from within the Agency.
The function of the Internal Affairs Division is to ensure this proper relationship by providing residents with a fair, objective and effective avenue to seek redress for legitimate complaints and concerns against employees, and to protect employees from false charges of misconduct.
In order to accomplish this function, the Internal Affairs Division is responsible for the following:
Internal Investigations (Formal Complaints)
Contact Reports (Informal Complaints)
Special Investigations (Firearm and Taser Discharges)
Vehicle Pursuit Compliance Reviews
Use of Force Compliance Reviews
Additional duties of this Division include but are not limited to:
Open Record Requests under Georgia State Statute
Commending Superior Performance
If you wish to commend the actions of any Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy or employee you may:
Ask to speak with the employee’s supervisor and verbally communicate your commendation.
Write a letter or email the Sheriff’s Administration explaining your praise.
Correspondence complimenting superior performance by a Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy will be brought to the employee’s attention. Additionally, it will be placed in the employee’s personnel file.
Complaint Reporting Procedure
Serious complaints, such as criminal misconduct or brutality, are investigated by Internal Affairs. Less serious complaints, such as discourtesy and unprofessional conduct, will normally be investigated by the employee’s supervisor.
Complaints may be made in person, via regular or electronic email, or by calling the Internal Affairs Division between the hours of 8:30 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) at 706-821-1000.
Complaint Investigation and Disposition Process
All complaints are thoroughly investigated. A detailed report is prepared including statements from the complainant, employee, and all witnesses. The investigative report presents an unbiased account of the circumstances as they actually occurred. Each report is reviewed by the Internal Affairs Commander for completeness, clarity, and objectivity. The completed report is forwarded to the Sheriff for a final disposition. If the facts show there was employee misconduct, the Sheriff directs the employee’s chain of command to recommend corrective action (discipline/remedial training, etc.).
Internal Affairs/Public Information Staff
Lt. Calvin Chew has served in Law Enforcement for more than 21 years. He received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to joining the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office in 1991, Lt. Chew also served in the United States Army. He has worked in Criminal Investigations for more than 15 years and currently leads a team of four in the Internal Affairs Division/Public Information Office
Sgt. Michael McDaniel - Email
Sgt. McDaniel has more than 21 years of experience in Law Enforcement. Sgt. McDaniel is a graduate of Georgia Military College with an Associate Degree in General Studies. He is currently a full time student at Brenau University, scheduled to graduate in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Sgt. McDaniel is a Polygraph Examiner for the state of Georgia and is an Associate member of the American Polygraph Association.
Sgt. Monica Belser - Email
Sgt. Belser has almost 10 years of Law Enforcement experience. She is a graduate of Albany State University and has both Masters of Science and Bachelors of Science Degrees in Criminal Justice. Sgt. Belser has a background in Internal Affairs with the Albany Police Department and is a member of the Georgia Internal Affairs Investigators Association.