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About Office of Police Complaints

The Office of Police Complaints (OPC) and its governing body, the Police Complaints Board (PCB), were created by statute in 1999, and OPC opened to the public on January 8, 2001.  The agency is independent of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), the District of Columbia’s 3,800-member police force, and the DC Housing AuthorityOfficer of Public Safety (OPS), the Housing Authority’s 40-member police force.  OPC's mission is to receive, investigate, and resolve police misconduct complaints filed by the public against MPD and OPS officers. 

OPC is staffed by civilians and has the authority to receive complaints involving six types of police officer misconduct: harassment, inappropriate language or conduct, retaliation, unnecessary or excessive force, discrimination and failure to identify. 

OPC promotes the highest attainable standard of integrity, professionalism, and accountability in the District's police department. The agency strengthens public confidence by ensuring that citizen complaints about police conduct are taken seriously, carefully investigated, and reviewed by an experienced staff that is overseen by the Police Complaints Board who are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the District Council.

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