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File a Citizen Complaint with Office of Police Complaints

The Office of Police Complaints was established by the District of Columbia Government to provide the public with an independent and impartial forum for the review and resolution of police misconduct complaints filed by the public against MPDC officers. The purpose of OPC is to promote the highest attainable standards of integrity, professionalism, and accountability in the District’s police department. Public confidence is strengthened by ensuring that police misconduct complaints are taken seriously, carefully investigated, and reviewed by an experienced staff. The staff is overseen by the Police Complaints Board (PCB), appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the District of Columbia Council.

OPC handles the following types of complaints against MPD officers:

  • Harassment
  • Use of unnecessary or excessive force
  • Use of language or conduct that is insulting, demeaning, or humiliatingDiscrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, physical handicap, matriculation, political affiliation, source of income, or place of residence or business
  • Retaliation for filing a complaint with OPC
  • Failure to wear required identification or refusal to provide name and badge number when requested to do so by a member of the public

Obtain a Complaint Form

  • Visit OPC at:

Office of Police Complaints
1400 I Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC  20005

  • Call OPC at 202-727-3838
  • Call the OPC 24-hour, toll-free hotline at 866-588-0569

Submit a Complaint Form

  • In person or by mail to the address above
  • By fax to 202-727-9182
  • By dropping forms off at any MPD district station

More information about the OPC Complaint Investigation Process and contact information is available on the OPC website policecomplaints.dc.gov.