Public Complaints

The vast majority of the law enforcement officers in this country perform their very difficult jobs with respect for their communities and in compliance with the law. Even so, there are incidents in which this is not the case. This page outlines police misconduct and explains how you can file a complaint if you believe that your rights have been violated.

The Complaint will be reviewed for viability (only) and will be entered onto the corresponding officers' Brady List profile in as little as 72 hours.

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File a Public Complaint

Use this form to file an official complaint against any officer of any law enforcement organization in any jurisdiction in the United States.

What type of police miscondut are you reporting?
Do you know the Law Enforcement Organization that employs the officer(s)?
Do you know the name of the officer(s) involved? You are welcome to include more than one officer in a single complaint as long as the officers are employed by the same Law Enforcement Organization.
Name of the Officer(s)
Name of the Officer(s)
Please include any other identifying information that you may have [badge number, serial number, vehicle license number, etc.] in the Statement field.
Do you know when the incident happened?
Everything above this line will be public information.

Do you know where the incident occured?
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Please enter a statement about the incident.
Evidence about your complaint can include video, images, and documents.
One file only.
100 MB limit.
Allowed types: mp4.
Maximum 10 files.
100 MB limit.
Allowed types: jpg, png.
Maximum 10 files.
100 MB limit.
Allowed types: pdf.
Were there witnesses to the incident? In order to be considered, they will need to provide their name and contact information.
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Are you filing this Complaint on your own behalf?
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Contact Information
This Complaint in filed on behalf of...

 

When a complaint is sent for investigation, it is assigned to one of the staff investigators. The investigator interviews the complainant, subject officer, and any witnesses the complainant identifies, in addition to attempting to locate and interview any other police or non-police witnesses who may be able to provide relevant information. The investigator also collects and reviews other evidence, including documents, hospital records, materials from other sources, the scene of the incident, and any other relevant information. When the investigation is complete, the investigator drafts an investigative report, which, along with all the evidence gathered in the investigation, is reviewed by a supervisor.

If the problem remains unresolved, learn how to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Civil Rights Division.

Finally, as with any potential legal dispute, you may want to contact a licensed attorney.

Public Complaint Status

The CCRB has fully investigated but could not affirmatively conclude both that the conduct occurred and that it broke the rules.

The alleged conduct occurred and it violated the rules.

The alleged conduct occurred but did not violate the NYPD’s rules, which often give officers significant discretion over use of force.