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You belong at the center of police oversight.

Our web app empowers you to prepare, file, and track reports of police misconduct. Because your story is too important to be ignored!

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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.

 

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


 

 

6 Principles of Open Police Complaints

To help guide the development of Open Police Complaints (OPC), we’ve identified six interrelated principles. If applied, they form a foundation for a just and effective police complaints model.

 

 

 

Universality

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.


 

Objectivity

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.


 

Transparency

Most police departments operate under a “code of silence” that keeps the public in the dark about how police misconduct is handled. Making matters worse, most departments operate under a culture of secrecy...


 

Openness

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!


 

Empowerment

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!


 

Completeness

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.


 

 

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