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File a Police Complaint

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How to File a Complaint

The Office of Police Complaints (OPC) provides a variety of ways to file a police misconduct complaint.  A completed, signed complaint form must be received within 90 days of the date of the incident. Please note that OPC only has jurisdiction over incidents that occur in the District of Columbia and involve Metropolitan Police Department (Washington, D.C.) and D.C. Housing Authority Police Department officers.

OPC investigatives the following allegations: harassment; use of unnecessary or excessive force; use of language or conduct that is insulting, demeaning, or humiliating; discriminatory treatment; retaliation for filing a complaint with OPC; 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.


File a complaint online by clicking here. Watch this video for step-by-step instructions on how to file a complaint with OPC.

You can also download a complaint form. Forms can be submitted:

  • By email at [email protected]  (scan and attach to email)
  • Mail to 1400 I Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005
  • By fax to (202) 727-9182
  • By dropping forms off at any MPD district station (MPD will forward the complaint to OPC)


  • In person at OPC's office located at 1400 I Street, NW, Suite 700
  • At any Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) district station

For more information, call (202) 727-3838, M-F, 8:30 - 5 p.m. or toll-free anytime at 866-588-0569.


You can also contact or pick up a complaint form or brochure at one of our Community Partner locations listed below:

  • DC Public Library
    (Check your neighborhood library)
  • DC SAFE (Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment)
    500 Indiana Avenue, NW Room 4550, (Intake Center at DC Superior Court); 202-879-0720
    1328 Southern Avenue, SE Room 311 (Intake Center at United Medical Center); 202-561-3000
    [email protected]
  • Greater Washington Urban League
    2901 14th St., NW
    (202) 265-8200
  • Latin American Youth Center
    1419 Columbia Rd., NW
    (202) 319-2225; [email protected]
  • Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
    1331 H Street, NW, Suite 350
    (202) 628-1161
  • Mayor's Office on African Affairs
    2000 14th St., NW, Suite 401
    (202) 727-5634


The primary goal of OPC is to investigate and resolve allegations of police misconduct against MPD and OPS officers. However, the agency is also charged with reducing tension between police and the public by fostering increased communication and understanding. Consistent with this goal, OPC offers citizens the opportunity to commend officers who do exemplary work servicing the public.

If you have witnessed an officer doing something that deserves praise and you would like to submit a commendation, you may fill out a commendation form on MPD’s website.

Once completed, the commendation form will be sent by MPD to the officer’s supervisor, shown to the commended officer, and placed permanently in the officer’s personnel file. Please include as much of the requested information as possible so that the commendation can be received by the appropriate officer.


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