Professional Standards Division
Office of Professional Accountability
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The Office of Professional Accountability was created in February 2000 replacing the Internal Security Division. The Washington, D.C.-based Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) assisted in the creation of the office.
The office is responsible for:
- Evaluating the internal investigation process and making recommendations on strategies and policies to improve complaint gathering and investigative procedures;
- Classifying and reviewing all complaints made to the Office of Professional Accountability, directing all investigations, making recommendations regarding the disposition of cases, and ensuring consistency for proposed discipline;
- Building and maintaining community outreach programs to educate the public about the Office of Professional Accountability role in ensuring professional standards for police personnel.
How to make a complaint against police officers or civilian employees of the Metropolitan Police Department.
If you have questions or comments, you may contact the Office of Professional Accountability at 615-862-7317.
About Kathy Morante
Veteran attorney Kathy Morante joined the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department on November 1, 2013, as the director of the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA), the agency's internal affairs component.
Prior to joining the police department, Morante worked as a Davidson County assistant district attorney for 14 years. During her tenure in the District Attorney's Office, Morante was the team leader in three separate divisions of Criminal Court. In addition, she prepared indictments, consulted with detectives in homicide and sex crimes investigations, and was the lead prosecutor in a wide range of felony matters, including approximately 30 murder cases. Before becoming an assistant district attorney, Morante worked in the Tennessee Attorney General's Office as Deputy Attorney General of the Criminal Justice Division (1994-2000), Associate Solicitor General (1993-1994), and Assistant Attorney General (1985-1994).
Morante was the top candidate among dozens of persons from across the country who applied for the OPA position.
“We are very fortunate to have a person of Kathy's integrity and knowledge, not only of the law, but of Nashville and this police department, to lead the Office of Professional Accountability,” Chief Steve Anderson said. “I have full confidence in her skills, abilities and fairness to all.”