How we stack up against most police departments
There are about 18,000 police departments in the United States. Each one collects, stores, and shares its civilian complaints data in its own way. While some try to provide an open and transparent process — most departments fail to deliver.
There are about 18,000 police departments in the United States. Each one collects complaints in its own unique way. This leads to poor data consistency — and a huge headache for policing researchers. OPC is helping to establish national data standards for collecting complaints. This will create better understand of police behavior across the country.
We strive to be fair and neutral in the way we collect and share data. We cannot check the accuracy of complaint allegations, so we never assume that they are true or false. To maintain objectivity, we only present response options and questions that are non-leading. In other words, we only encourage users to share information that’s accurate and truthful.
The people who report misconduct should be at the center of the police oversight process. Filing a complaint is not the end of the road for OPC users. We keep in touch because we care about how well — or how poorly — your department responds to your complaint. Your story is too important to be ignored!
Police encounters can be chaotic, and the law can be complex. That’s why people who report misconduct often miss important things or pick allegations that aren’t quite right. OPC helps you find and organize the details that matter most. We also know the law inside and out, so we'll make sure your allegations match the facts of your story.