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OCCR Changes Agency Name to the Office of Police Complaints

Saturday, January 1, 2005

(Washington, DC) The Office of Citizen Complaint Review (OCCR), the District of Columbia’s police accountability agency, today announced that it is officially renamed the Office of Police Complaints.  OCCR’s five-member governing body, the Citizen Complaint Review Board (CCRB), is simultaneously renamed the Police Complaints Board (PCB).


The Mayor and Council of the District of Columbia passed legislation to rename the agency in order to more clearly convey the agency’s mission.  The Office of Police Complaints will continue to provide an independent, fair, and impartial forum for the review and resolution of police misconduct complaints filed by the public against Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and DC Housing Authority Police Department (DCHAPD) officers. 


Where appropriate, the agency will also continue to issue policy recommendations to the Mayor, District Council, and Chiefs of Police of MPD and DCHAPD concerning changes in police department policies and procedures that may lead to a reduction in the level of police misconduct, while simultaneously promoting better policing.


For more information regarding the Office of Citizen Complaint Review’s name change, please visit the agency’s  About the Name Change page or contact Public Affairs Specialist Melanie Deggins at (202) 727-3838.