INTERNAL AFFAIRS DIVISION (IAD)
The mission of the Internal Affairs Division is to assist the Sheriff’s Administration in maintaining the public trust by conducting administrative investigations of deputy’s involved critical incidents and complaints received on all employees of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Critical incidents include officer-involved shootings, pursuits resulting in serious injury, or any incident resulting in serious injury or death of a person, regardless of any allegations of misconduct.
In addition, all complaints of misconduct, whether received from citizens or Sheriff’s Office employees, are investigated in accordance with policy.
All complaints are evaluated to determine the severity of the complaint and the possible impact on the employee in question. As a matter of policy, the Internal Affairs Division does not investigate complaints concerning traffic violations or criminal charges when a person’s guilt or innocence is the issue in question.
A single internal investigation may involve more than one (1) complainant, and may include more than one (1) alleged violation of several departmental rules, regulations, policies or procedures. The complaint process can take up to sixty (60) calendar days or more depending upon the complexity of the complaint. All internal investigations are conducted fairly and impartially. Once the process is completed, you will be notified in the form of a letter regarding the disposition and action taken.
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Additionally, Internal Affairs does not normally investigate unsigned complaints, third party complaints, anonymous complaints, or complaints of improper actions (whether administrative or criminal) by employees of other law enforcement agencies. To file a complaint you can visit the Internal Affairs Division sub-office at 101 E. Barraque Street, Suite 112, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601. Please reference the apparent misconduct by a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office employee in person or by calling 870.541.1920. Office hours are 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday (excluding County holidays). After office hours, a message and return phone number may be left via voice mail and the call will be returned the following business day.
Captain Terry Peckham
Internal Affairs Division Commander
Captain Terry Peckham's Bio
Captain Terry Peckham is currently the Division Commander of the Internal Affairs Division. His responsibilities include investigating complaints made against both deputies and civilian members of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jack Jones Juvenile Justice Center (JJC) and W.C. "Dub" Brassell Adult Detention Center. Captain Peckham is a fourteen (14) year veteran of Law Enforcement and has been employed with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office for the past eight (8) years.
Captain Peckham has also been a certified Professional Law Enforcement Instructor since 2001 and specializes in instructions in general law enforcement topics as well as Defensive Tactics, Taser Radar, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and Jailer Training. Captain Peckham is also a certified Field Training Officer (FTO). He spent several years in patrol, moving up in the ranks as a Corporal, Sergeant and Lieutenant. He also spent four (4) years in the Criminal Investigation Division (CID), during which time he graduated from a six (6) month Crime Investigation course.
Captain Peckham has also attended the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Basic Crisis Negotiation Course and the Criminal Justice Institutes School of Law Enforcement Supervision. Captain Peckham was later promoted to the rank of Captain and transferred to the newly formed Internal Affairs Division as the commander in July of 2010. He has accumulated over two thousand hours of training through the Commission of Law Enforcement Standards and Training. Captain Peckham strives to provide excellent public service and maintain the integrity and professionalism of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Internal Affairs Division.
Sergeant Cristy Brooks
Internal Affairs Division