Professional Standards Division

About the Division

The Professional Standards Division is the entity within the police department that helps to ensure the quality of the services being offered to our citizens. This entity contains the following units:
  • Accreditation
  • Background Investigations
  • Internal Affairs Unit
  • Recruiting
  • Staff Inspections Unit
  • Training


The Department received CALEA Accreditation (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) in March 2014. For more information on CALEA Accreditation, visit their website.

Internal Affairs Unit

The Internal Affairs Unit is responsible for overseeing investigations into police department staff conduct. Some complaints are generated by citizens, but more are generated internally as part of our stringent review processes. The following table represents all formal investigations conducted for calendar year 2021.


Case Classification
Number of Cases
Percentage of Total Cases
Sustained Cases
44 91.6%
Not Sustained Cases
1 2.1%
Unfounded Cases
1 2.1%
Exonerated Cases
0 0%​
Unfounded by Video Evidence 2 4.2%
Total Internal Affairs Cases 48 100%

Sources of Complaints

Source of Complaint
Number of Cases
Percentage of Total Cases
Citizens 6 13%
Departmental 42 88%

About Captain Harrison

Captain Kevin D. Harrison joined the Suffolk Police Department in October 1997.  Throughout his career he has served in Operations, Investigations, and Administration.  Captain Harrison has served as a Crime Scene Investigations Officer, a Field Training Officer, the Department Background Investigator, the Special Investigations Sergeant, and was the first commander assigned to the newly formed UAS (Drone) Unit.  He has attended various Law Enforcement Schools, including the FBI Law Enforcement Supervisor's Training and the West Point Leadership School.

Captain Harrison