DISCLAIMER: We are only accepting a limited number of complaints through our pilot program. But everyone will be able to publish complaints soon!
Our Core Principles
We built Open Police Complaints (OPC) atop these principles. Together, they form a just and effective police complaints model.
Each one of the 18,000 police departments in the U.S. collects complaints in its own unique way. This poor data consistency creates huge headaches for researchers. To gain better insight into police behavior across the country, we're helping to establish national police complaint data standards.
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. We only present questions and response options that are non-leading. And we always encourage users to share information that’s accurate and truthful.
Many state and local laws conceal government-collected police misconduct records from public view. To counter this problem, OPC enables users to publish uncensored complaints online. Because the best antidote to state secrecy is public transparency!
Police misconduct victims should never have to deal with rude or intimidating police station employees. That's the opposite of openness — because openness requires accessibility. OPC is always easy to use and easy to understand. And, of course, we’re always open to receive your complaint!
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 is 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.
The higher the score, the easier it is for people to share complaints with a department. Unfortunately, most get failing grades by making it too difficult. The good news is that most departments can improve their scores by making a few small changes.
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.
Open Police Complaints
Online Report Filing
Digital Evidence Uploading
Anonymous Reports Allowed
Department Identification Tools
Publicly Searchable Reports
Officers' Names Made Public
Social Media Sharing
Status Updates via Email
Help Finding an Attorney
Commitment to Open Data
Most Police Departments
Require Police Station Visit
Require Paper Reports
Unhelpful or Intimidating Employees
Bound by State Secrecy Laws
Old Complaint Records Destroyed