Tab 12 of the Investigation Procedures Manual
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Notification to Recipient that you will investigate a complaint (without a Data Request)
January 21, 1998
Certified, Return Receipt Requested
The Honorable Fellow
(Note: Letter may be addressed to the Mayor, Chief Officer of the Program your agency funds,
or other responsible agency official. This decision may be based on the scope of the complaint or issues.)
Re: Complaint Number
Complainant v. Anyplace Police Department, US
Dear Mayor Fellow:
This letter will confirm telephone notification to your office on January 20, 1998, by
Ms. Outstanding Investigator, of my staff, that the Coordination and Review Section, Civil
Rights Division, Department of Justice (DOJ), has received a complaint against the City of
Anyplace, alleging discrimination on the basis of race and national origin. The complainant,
Mr. Complainant, alleges that the Police Department is discriminating against the residents of
the City's South Side Community, the majority of whom are minority, by failing to provide
adequate police services. Mr. Complainant alleges that the police services provided to the
South Side Community are inferior to those provided to other sections of the City, all of which
have a majority white population, and that this practice has an adverse and discriminatory
impact on the residents of the community.
The Coordination and Review Section (COR) of the Civil Rights Division is responsible
for investigating complaints against recipients of financial assistance from DOJ. The
Department's recipients include police and sheriffs' departments, State departments of
corrections, courts, and other entities. We have determined that the Anyplace Police
Department receives Federal financial assistance from DOJ. Therefore, Title VI of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq., applies. Title VI prohibits discrimination on
the basis of race, color, and national origin and provides jurisdiction for COR to investigate
Mr. Complainant's allegations.
In addition to investigating complaints against DOJ's recipients, we are required to
make findings of fact and conclusions of law, and attempt to negotiate voluntary compliance if
a violation is found. Our regulation also provides for the use of alternative means of dispute
resolution, where appropriate, including settlement negotiations and conciliation. Generally,
when an investigation is completed, the results of the investigation are sent to a recipient in a
Letter of Findings. If the investigation reveals discrimination that violates Title VI, attempts will
be made to resolve the matter before issuing a violation Letter of Findings. If a violation letter is
issued and an agreement cannot be reached on a remedy, enforcement action may be initiated.
This enforcement may be an administrative hearing to terminate DOJ's financial assistance to the
programs and services of the Anyplace Police Department, or other means authorized by law.
We are committed to resolving this complaint in a productive and amicable manner.
[In order to facilitate our investigation, we will send you an initial Data Request in the
near future. We will review and analyze your response, and determine whether further
investigation is necessary, including an onsite visit to conduct interviews and review additional
[In order to facilitate our investigation, we request that you submit a position statement
responding to the allegations listed above, within 30 days of the date of this letter. Please
include any pertinent documents, records, names of witnesses, (list as appropriate) to support
[We believe that the issues raised in this complaint may best be addressed through a
negotiated settlement. If you are interested in entering into negotiations to address the
allegations raised in this complaint, please notify Mr. Investigator Outstanding, the investigator
assigned to this case, at (000) 000-0000 (voice) or (000) 000-0000 (TDD) within 15 days of the
date of this letter.]
We are obligated to inform you that no one may intimidate, threaten, coerce, or engage
in other discriminatory conduct against anyone because he or she has either taken action or
participated in an action to secure rights protected by the civil rights laws we enforce. Any
individual alleging such harassment or intimidation may file a complaint with the Department
of Justice. We would investigate such a complaint if the situation warrants.
Under the Freedom of Information Act, it may be necessary to release this document
and related correspondence and records upon request. In the event that we receive such a
request, we will seek to protect, to the extent provided by law, personal information which, if
released, could constitute an unwarranted invasion of privacy.
If you or your staff wish to discuss this matter, please feel free to contact
Mr. Investigator at (000) 000-0000 (voice) or (000) 000-0000 (TDD). Please direct any
written correspondence regarding this matter to Mr. Investigator at the Coordination and
Review Section, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice, P.O. Box 66560, Washington,
D.C. 20035-6560 and reference the Department of Justice complaint number cited above.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Merrily A. Friedlander
Coordination and Review Section
Civil Rights Division
cc: Charles Headcop
Chief of Police
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