The Utah County Attorney’s Office, has established a Criminal Investigation’s Division to investigate financial crimes, political corruption, police officer involved shootings, and computer crimes. This office also assists other law enforcement agencies and is proactive in educating the community and senior citizens on how to keep from becoming victims of financial crimes.

The Bureau also aids Utah County police agencies in forensic computer examinations.

The Bureau may also conduct polygraph examinations on request from local police agencies, after consultation between the investigating officer, the investigating agency’s liaison attorney and the polygraph examiner.

Filing a Complaint

Please review the information below before seeking to file a complaint. If you believe your case meets the criteria outlined below, call 801-851-8026 and ask to file a complaint with the Bureau. You should note that because of the large number of complaints received by the Bureau, and the relatively few number of investigators, some crimes that meet the criteria outlined below may still not be accepted for investigation and you may be referred to a different police agency.

Our Areas of Investigation

  1. The criminal activity occurred either completely or mostly in Utah County and within multiple cities in Utah County. Any crimes committed completely or mostly within a city (or in another county) must first be referred to that city’s or county’s police agency. The Bureau will assist with such a case only upon request of the city’s or county’s police agency.
  2. The criminal activity has not been referred to another agency (such as the FBI, state fraud investigators and city police departments). The Investigations Bureau will assist other agencies with an investigation at their request.
  3. The crime must:
    • Have a financial loss exceeding $100,000; or,
    • Involve a suspect who is currently in public office, or has a close relative in public office; or,
    • Involve an employee or close family member of a government entity which therefore causes a conflict of interest for that entity; or,
    • Involve an unusually complex or a sensitive non-financial issue. The request to investigate must be made by the chief of the police agency having jurisdiction.

Keeping our Environment Safe

See piled trash, dumped wastewater, leaking chemicals, or smell something different? Report it! Contact DISPATCH at 801-794-3970 or fill out the Online Form Below to report an environmental issue. You may also attach a photo in (jpg, png, pdf formats) up to 10 mb.
Please report EMERGENCIES to 911!

Officer Involved Incidents

Several years ago, the Utah Valley Police Chiefs and the Utah County Attorney jointly decided to form a task force to investigate incidents involving police officers. Utah County needed a task force because, in incidents involving police officers, the officer’s own agency could not reasonably investigate the incident for two reasons:

  • First, conducting the investigation had the appearance of a conflict of interest for the agency.
  • Second, these incidents were commonly too significant to do in-house or to dump on a neighboring agency; in other words, these investigations tended to take a great deal of time and manpower.

Related to both of these reasons was the issue of civil liability.Anytime an officer is involved in the death of another person, the decedent’s family is likely to sue the officer’s agency. In the civil lawsuit, if the agency performed its own investigation of the incident, the investigation would appear to be tainted. The plaintiffs would discount the agency’s conclusions because it had a strong financial incentive to clear the officer of wrongdoing. Contrarily, if an unbiased agency or task force conducted the investigation, its conclusions would likely hold greater weight in the civil proceedings.

Similarly, the level or depth of the investigation needed to protect (or not protect) the police agency from liability commonly required resources beyond the capabilities of one agency. For example, in many of the officer-involved shootings, there are multiple crime scenes, dozens of witnesses, and dozens of leads to track down. We have found that it takes, on average, approximately 700 man-hours to complete an investigation. It can be overwhelming for one agency (that still has calls to respond to and crimes to investigate) to dedicate so many resources to one investigation, when another agency has to conduct a parallel investigation anyway.

Additionally, some of these incidents, by statute, required the county attorney to conduct its own investigation–and the County Attorney’s Office did not have sufficient resources to conduct these investigations without assistance.

Therefore, in 1999, the chiefs and county attorney established the Utah County Officer Involved Incident Protocol (the Protocol) and created a task force (the Task Force) to manage the investigation of Protocol incidents. Each agency assigned officers to participate and the Utah County Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigations became the agency responsible for managing and training the Task Force.

In the Protocol, the chiefs and county attorney decided that the Task Force would investigate what we call an Officer Involved Incident, which the Protocol defines as an incident with two elements.

First, it must involve local law enforcement: “An incident which occurs in any city, town, or unincorporated area of Utah County and involves any employee of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, Brigham Young University Police, Utah Valley University Police, Utah Highway Patrol, Utah Department of Public Safety, Utah Department of Corrections, or any Police Department or Department of Public Safety of any city or town located in Utah County.”

Second, the incident must involve one of the following acts:

  1. Any intentional or accidental shooting, whether or not a fatality results.
  2. Any intentional or accidental use of any other dangerous or deadly weapon against another person, whether or not a fatality results.
  3. Any physical altercations, mutual combat, or domestic violence in which the police employee is acting in the capacity of a private citizen and occurs within the jurisdiction of his or her employer.
  4. Any fatal injury, whether intentionally or accidentally caused, which results from the use of a motor vehicle by an employee while on duty and occurs within the jurisdiction of his or her employer.
  5. Any fatality of any person who is in police custody excluding deaths which are the result of disease, natural causes, or conditions which have been diagnosed prior to death.
  6. Any fatality which results from the efforts of an employee attempting to effect an arrest or otherwise gain physical control of another while the employee is on duty.

In short, if the Officer Involved Incident occurs in Utah County, involves an employee of a local or state police agency, and involves one of the enumerated acts, the Protocol is triggered and the Task Force may investigate.

After completion of the investigation, the Task Force refers the investigation to the police agency employing the involved officer(s) for commendation or disciplinary action, and to the County Attorney for his review.