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Complaint Against Sheriff's Personnel 

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has a strict policy of providing highly professional law enforcement services to the Lake County community. To achieve this goal, it is imperative that all complaints against members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office be thoroughly investigated. The Sheriff and his command staff would like to know when services need improvement and thereby provide a means for residents to address grievances of misconduct by sworn or civilian personnel. 

Below are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) relative to the filing of a complaint and the Sheriff’s Office procedures for addressing grievances.

How do I file a complaint?

Complaints alleging misconduct against a sworn deputy sheriff must be accompanied by a notarized Affidavit, by a notary of the State of Illinois, as per the provisions of the Illinois Uniform Peace Officer’s Disciplinary Act, Chapter 50 ILCS 725/3.8.

Complaints alleging misconduct against civilian employees of the Sheriff's Office may mandate a notarized Affidavit, depending on the particulars of the misconduct, but is not required by state law.

You may contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Office of Professional Standards by email or by mail. Please direct mail to the following address:

Lake County Sheriff’s Office
Office of Professional Standards
Director James Elliot
25 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue
Waukegan, IL 60085


Who will investigate my complaint?

The Office of Professional Standards will address complaints. The Office of Professional Standards may conduct the complete investigation or forward the complaint to the specific department’s command staff for disposition.

What will happen to the employee?

If the internal investigation is founded on criminal activity, the results will be presented to the respective Lake County State's Attorney's Felony or Misdemeanor Review Division for disposition. If the internal investigation is administrative, the results will be forwarded to the Sheriff and his command staff for disposition. 

Will I be informed of the outcome of the investigation?

Yes, the Office of Professional Standards will mail you a letter with the disposition of a criminal or administrative investigation.

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