How to File Complaints against the Metropolitan Police Department

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We recommend you start by preparing a transparent misconduct report on OpenPolice.org. Then use the information below to submit a formal complaint to the Office of Police Complaints.


Office of Police Complaints

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

1400 I Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005
(202) 727-3838

This agency investigates complaints emailed with their official department form. When you send that PDF form, also attach your OpenPolice.org PDF, which we will send to you.
dcpolice.complaintsoffice@dc.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.
policecomplaints.dc.gov/page/office-police-complaints-online-complaint-form

This investigative agency has a PDF form you can print out and mail.
policecomplaints.dc.gov/node/161132

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:
mpdc.dc.gov/page/how-file-citizen-complaint-or-commendation

  • Anonymous complaints will not be investigated.
  • Only complaints submitted on department forms will be investigated.
  • Submitted complaints may require a notary to be investigated.
  • Complaints submitted by postal mail will be investigated. Send using USPS Certified Mail.
  • Complaints must be submitted within 90 days of your incident to be investigated.

Washington Metropolitan Police Department

300 Indiana Avenue NW, Room 5058, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 727-5084


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mpdc.dc.gov

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Complaints Accessibility

Score: 68/100

Grade: D+

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 6/16/20
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