Office of Police Complaints

Office of Police Complaints The mission of the Office of Police Complaints is to improve community trust through effective civilian oversight. The Office of Police Complaints (OPC) is a government agency that receives, investigates, and resolves complaints from the public alleging police misconduct, including claims of discrimination, excessive force, harassment, unprofessional language and conduct, retaliation, discrimination, and failure to wear or display required identification or identify oneself by name and badge number when requested to do so by a member of the public.

The agency is independent of the police departments it investigates. OPC also issues policy recommendations that focus on reducing police misconduct through better training, supervision, and discipline of police officers, as well as improving the citizen complaint process. In addition, OPC conducts outreach, trainings, and presentations for a variety of audiences throughout the District of Columbi

The agency is independent of the police departments it investigates. OPC also issues policy recommendations that focus on reducing police misconduct through better training, supervision, and discipline of police officers, as well as improving the citizen complaint process. In addition, OPC conducts outreach, trainings, and presentations for a variety of audiences throughout the District of Columbi

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The Police Complaints Board, our governing body, released a report today addressing concerns with D.C Police Canine Patr...
07/08/2021

The Police Complaints Board, our governing body, released a report today addressing concerns with D.C Police Canine Patrol Unit and their deployment of canines trained in marijuana detection for sweeps or searches of people or vehicles.

Learn more about our findings and what the Board recommends: https://policecomplaints.dc.gov/release/police-complaints-board-releases-report-dc-police-canine-patrol-unit

The Police Complaints Board, our governing body, released a report today addressing concerns with D.C Police Canine Patrol Unit and their deployment of canines trained in marijuana detection for sweeps or searches of people or vehicles.

Learn more about our findings and what the Board recommends: https://policecomplaints.dc.gov/release/police-complaints-board-releases-report-dc-police-canine-patrol-unit

The Office of Police Complaints released today its FY21 Mid-Year Report, which includes data on complaints investigated ...
04/29/2021

The Office of Police Complaints released today its FY21 Mid-Year Report, which includes data on complaints investigated in the first half of the fiscal year.

More information here: https://policecomplaints.dc.gov/release/office-police-complaints-releases-fy21-mid-year-report

The Office of Police Complaints released today its FY21 Mid-Year Report, which includes data on complaints investigated in the first half of the fiscal year.

More information here: https://policecomplaints.dc.gov/release/office-police-complaints-releases-fy21-mid-year-report

The Office of Police Complaints released today its 4th annual Use of Force report. This report includes data and informa...
04/26/2021

The Office of Police Complaints released today its 4th annual Use of Force report. This report includes data and information on DC police officers use of force in the District of Columbia.

Learn more about our findings and new recommendations: https://policecomplaints.dc.gov/release/office-police-complaints-releases-4th-annual-report-use-force-dc-police

The Office of Police Complaints released today its 4th annual Use of Force report. This report includes data and information on DC police officers use of force in the District of Columbia.

Learn more about our findings and new recommendations: https://policecomplaints.dc.gov/release/office-police-complaints-releases-4th-annual-report-use-force-dc-police

The Office of Police Complaints reviewed & reexamined the status of policy reports and recommendations made in fiscal ye...
02/08/2021

The Office of Police Complaints reviewed & reexamined the status of policy reports and recommendations made in fiscal years 2019 and 2015-2018 by the Police Complaints Board, our governing body, to the DC Police Department.

Learn more about our findings: https://policecomplaints.dc.gov/release/police-complaints-board-releases-4th-report-status-policy-changes-recommended-dc-police-and

The Office of Police Complaints reviewed & reexamined the status of policy reports and recommendations made in fiscal years 2019 and 2015-2018 by the Police Complaints Board, our governing body, to the DC Police Department.

Learn more about our findings: https://policecomplaints.dc.gov/release/police-complaints-board-releases-4th-report-status-policy-changes-recommended-dc-police-and

The Office of Police Complaints today, released its 2020 Annual Report. Learn more about the complaints we received, our...
01/11/2021

The Office of Police Complaints today, released its 2020 Annual Report. Learn more about the complaints we received, our investigations, policy work and outreach for 2020: https://policecomplaints.dc.gov/release/office-police-complaints-releases-fiscal-year-2020-annual-report

The Office of Police Complaints today, released its 2020 Annual Report. Learn more about the complaints we received, our investigations, policy work and outreach for 2020: https://policecomplaints.dc.gov/release/office-police-complaints-releases-fiscal-year-2020-annual-report

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has issued a citywide curfew starting at 6 p.m. today.
01/06/2021

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has issued a citywide curfew starting at 6 p.m. today.

Register now for this important discussion on collecting, analyzing and publishing law enforcement use of force data: ht...
12/22/2020

Register now for this important discussion on collecting, analyzing and publishing law enforcement use of force data: https://www.nacole.org/analyzing_and_reporting_uof_statistics

Join us January 27th as we kick off the 2021 NACOLE Webinar Series. We will welcome Susan Hutson, Independent Police Monitor for the City of New Orleans, and Micheal Tobin, the Executive Director for the District of Columbia's Office of Police Complaints, to discuss analyzing and reporting use of force statistics. For more information visit https://www.nacole.org/analyzing_and_reporting_uof_statistics https://mailchi.mp/nacole/strategies-jails-prisons-oversight-covid-19-crisis-4669518

The Office of Police Complaints today released its 3rd annual Use of Force report. This year’s report provides updated i...
10/13/2020

The Office of Police Complaints today released its 3rd annual Use of Force report. This year’s report provides updated information from our 2017 and 2018 reports, simplified shooting data for 2019 officer-involved shootings, and new data on vehicular pursuits and electronic control device deployment.

Read more about our review and analysis: https://policecomplaints.dc.gov/release/officepolicecomplaints-3rd-annual-UOFreport

The National Police Foundation released a report today on the D.C. Police Department’s Narcotics and Specialized Investi...
09/28/2020

The National Police Foundation released a report today on the D.C. Police Department’s Narcotics and Specialized Investigations Division. The Office of Police Complaints selected the Foundation to conduct an independent review of the activities of the Department’s NSID, which includes data analysis on stops, searches, arrests, and complaints.

Learn more about their findings: https://policecomplaints.dc.gov/release/national-police-foundation-releases-report-dc-police-narcotics-and-specialized.

Our team of Assembly Observers will continue to monitor the police response to the Commitment March throughout the eveni...
08/28/2020

Our team of Assembly Observers will continue to monitor the police response to the Commitment March throughout the evening. #NANMOW2020 #MarchOnWashington2020

The march is well underway to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. We are still on the ground monitoring the response. ...
08/28/2020

The march is well underway to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. We are still on the ground monitoring the response. All peaceful interactions observed thus far. #NANMOW2020 #MarchOnWashington2020

The Office of Police Complaints is on the ground monitoring the police response to the Commitment March. If you experien...
08/28/2020

The Office of Police Complaints is on the ground monitoring the police response to the Commitment March. If you experience or observe misconduct by a D.C. police officer, file a complaint at https://policecomplaints.dc.gov/service/file-a-complaint or call 866-588-0569. #NANMOW2020 #MarchonWashington2020

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07/17/2020

ACLU of the District of Columbia

Know Your Rights When Protesting & Demonstrating in Washington D.C.
5p Wednesday July 22
RSVP at acludc.org/kyr.

Peaceful DC Protests observed throughout the entire day.
06/07/2020

Peaceful DC Protests observed throughout the entire day.

Peaceful protests still happening in Washington, D.C. Currently, observing a sit-in on 15th & K Street, NW.
06/06/2020

Peaceful protests still happening in Washington, D.C. Currently, observing a sit-in on 15th & K Street, NW.

We are still on the ground monitoring the protests here in Washington, D.C. All peaceful protests observed today and no ...
06/06/2020

We are still on the ground monitoring the protests here in Washington, D.C. All peaceful protests observed today and no police incidents to report.

D.C. police currently monitoring at 17 and I while protestors are moving towards Black Lives Matter Plaza.
06/06/2020

D.C. police currently monitoring at 17 and I while protestors are moving towards Black Lives Matter Plaza.

The Office of Police Complaints will be monitoring the protests and the police response today in Washington, D.C. Thousa...
06/06/2020

The Office of Police Complaints will be monitoring the protests and the police response today in Washington, D.C. Thousands are expected to participate. Please stay hydrated and visit heat.dc.gov for one of the cooling centers here in D.C.

REMINDER – DC curfew in effect at 11 p.m. Our staff has observed large crowds and peaceful protests throughout the city ...
06/04/2020

REMINDER – DC curfew in effect at 11 p.m. Our staff has observed large crowds and peaceful protests throughout the city tonight.

Observing D.C. police officers at 15& I Street, NW. No interaction with protestors.
06/04/2020

Observing D.C. police officers at 15& I Street, NW. No interaction with protestors.

One of our teams observed protestors lie down for 8 minutes at Freedom Plaza and D.C police monitor the scene.
06/03/2020

One of our teams observed protestors lie down for 8 minutes at Freedom Plaza and D.C police monitor the scene.

The Office of Police Complaints is on the ground monitoring the police response to the protests again tonight. Anyone wh...
06/03/2020

The Office of Police Complaints is on the ground monitoring the police response to the protests again tonight.

Anyone who experiences or observes police misconduct by D.C. police officers should file a complaint at http://policecomplaints.dc.gov/service/file-a-complaint or call our hotline at 866-588-0569.

Thank you to DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, Councilmembers Charles Allen and Elissa Silverman, their staff and our ...
06/03/2020

Thank you to DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, Councilmembers Charles Allen and Elissa Silverman, their staff and our Board Chair Paul Ashton for monitoring the protests and the police response with the Office of Police Complaints tonight.

We are still on the ground monitoring the protests and the police response. Anyone who experiences or observes police mi...
06/03/2020

We are still on the ground monitoring the protests and the police response. Anyone who experiences or observes police misconduct by D.C. police officers should file a complaint at https://policecomplaints.dc.gov/service/file-a-complaint or call our hotline at 866-588-0569.

Curfew has been in effect for an hour and 45 minutes and we are still observing large crowds of people protesting peacef...
06/03/2020

Curfew has been in effect for an hour and 45 minutes and we are still observing large crowds of people protesting peacefully and D.C. police moving with the crowds.

Our staff has observed protestors in and around Lafayette Square, and east and west of 16th Street in Washington, D.C.
06/02/2020

Our staff has observed protestors in and around Lafayette Square, and east and west of 16th Street in Washington, D.C.

The Office of Police Complaints is monitoring the police response to the protests again in D.C. tonight. Anyone who expe...
06/02/2020

The Office of Police Complaints is monitoring the police response to the protests again in D.C. tonight.

Anyone who experiences or observes police misconduct by D.C. police officers should file a complaint at https://policecomplaints.dc.gov/service/file-a-complaint or call our hotline at 866-588-0569.

Our staff is observing D.C. police  around 15th and K as well as 16th & K Street, NW giving orders to disperse.
06/02/2020

Our staff is observing D.C. police around 15th and K as well as 16th & K Street, NW giving orders to disperse.

Our staff is observing a heavy military police presence at 16 & I Street, NW.  We will continue to monitor the police in...
06/01/2020

Our staff is observing a heavy military police presence at 16 & I Street, NW. We will continue to monitor the police interactions with the protestors.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has extended the curfew for Washington, D.C. The Office of Police Complaints will continue to be ...
06/01/2020

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has extended the curfew for Washington, D.C. The Office of Police Complaints will continue to be on the ground monitoring the police response to the protest demonstrations.

Anyone who experiences or observes police misconduct taking place by D.C. police officers should file a complaint online at https://policecomplaints.dc.gov/service/file-a-complaint or call 866-588-0569.

Address

1400 I St NW, Ste 700
Washington D.C., DC
20005

Located directly above the McPherson Square metro station on the orange and blue lines. OPC is also within one block of the following bus routes: 32, 36, 37, 39, 42, 52, 54, D4, G8, P17, P19, S2, S4, W13, X2, and the Circulator. Additionally, OPC is located within 1½ blocks of the following Capital Bikeshare stations: 13th St & New York Ave. NW; 14th & H St NW; 15th & K St NW; and New York Ave & 15th St NW St NW; and New York Ave & 15th St NW.

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 5pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 5pm
Thursday 8:30am - 5pm
Friday 8:30am - 5pm

Telephone

(202) 727-3838

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