How to File Complaints against the San Diego Police Department

OpenPolice.org is an independent project developed by Flex Your Rights, a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit.

This police department's policy permits them to investigate complaints sent via email. They also accept complaints filed on non-department forms. That means OpenPolice.org can automatically file your report after you put it together.

The information below includes other ways to submit a formal complaint to the Community Review Board.


Community Review Board

This is the agency that collects complaints against the San Diego Police Department. It's where we recommend that OpenPolice.org users file their formal complaints.

1200 Third Avenue, Suite 924, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 236-6296

OpenPolice.org can email your complaint to this agency.
communityreviewboard@sandiego.gov

You can submit your complaint through this agency's online complaint form. Include the public link to your OpenPolice.org complaint. And if possible, attach your OpenPolice.org PDF, which we will send you.
sandiego.gov/communityreviewboard/filing/complaint-form

This investigative agency has a PDF form you can print out and mail.
sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/crb-complaint-form.pdf

If you submit your complaint on paper, we recommend that you staple a copy of your full OpenPolice.org complaint together with the department form.

Complaint process information:
sandiego.gov/police/services/officercomments

  • Anonymous complaints will not be investigated.
  • Complaints submitted by phone will be investigated.
  • Complaints submitted by postal mail will be investigated. Send using USPS Certified Mail.

San Diego Police Dept Internal Affairs

1401 Broadway, MS 709, San Diego, CA 92101
619-531-2801


Web Presence

sandiego.gov/police

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube


Complaints Accessibility

Score: 90/100

Grade: A-

20
Has online-submittable complaint form (not just a PDF)
14
Has complaint information on unique web page (not just on PDF)
10
Has complaint information linked from home page
10
Has complaint form PDF on website
10
Investigates complaints sent via email
10
Official department form not required for investigation
 
10
Anonymous complaints investigated
3
Has unique department website
3
Has a Facebook page (with public comments on)
3
Has a Twitter account
3
Has a YouTube channel
2
Investigates complaints sent via phone
2
Investigates complaints sent via postal mail
 
0
Requires complaints to be filed in person
 
-10
Requires notary or in-person signature (for one or more types of complaint)

Department info updated 7/1/20
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