SRJC Investigates its Police Department

Santa Rosa Junior College has hired an investigator to look into three complaints of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation filed by campus Police Department employees, as well as anonymous accusations that some employees were falsifying their time sheets.

“The district took these complaints seriously,” SRJC spokeswoman Ellen Maremont Silver said in a written statement.

She said the college’s legal counsel suggested hiring the private investigator to look into the matter because of the complexity and the number of people involved.

The first investigation, into complaints about exposure to child pornography submitted by three Police Department employees to SRJC’s human resources department in May, recently concluded that the charges were “not sustained by credible evidence,” Silver said. The complaints were filed by unsworn members of the department, meaning they are civilians who work in support roles; they are not authorized to carry a weapon or make arrests.

One of the three employees who filed complaints about child pornography later said they faced retaliation for the claim.

The investigation into the complaints took less than 90 days, said Chris Reynolds, the Santa Rosa-based investigator hired by the college.