Rudeness tops list of complaints against Richmond County Sheriff’s Office employees | The Augusta Chronicle

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Rudeness tops list of complaints against Richmond County Sheriff’s Office employees | The Augusta Chronicle

Rudeness topped the list of complaints the public has with Richmond County deputies.

Since the sheriff’s office started logging complaints at the end of August 2013, there have been 128, 31 of which were filed under “rudeness.”

“The majority of cases they’re not rude, just very stern,” said Capt. Calvin Chew, who heads the Internal Affairs Division that investigates any complaint against its nearly 300 officers.

Chew said most of the cases occur in a traffic stop when an officer speaks with the driver in a monotone voice, instead of being conversational. Some of the public feels it comes off as “cold or thoughtless.”

“There are times when deputies are rude and we address it,” he said.

Including complaints about rudeness, there have been about 23 complaints about misconduct or inappropriate conduct on and off duty and 12 complaints of excessive force. The remaining complaints range from citation disputes to reports of deputies speeding or not using traffic signals.

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