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File a Complaint

The Commission on Police Practices (CPP) encourages any person(s) who believe that they have experienced or observed police misconduct to file a complaint with the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) and/or with the CPP. The CPP recognizes that completing and submitting the Complaint Form may be intimidating and stressful. The CPP wishes to assure complainants and witnesses that they will be able to do so without fear of retaliation or adverse consequences. In order to investigate the incident completely, it is helpful to provide your name and information.  However, the CPP also accepts anonymous complaints. If you want your complaint to be handled anonymously, please type in “anonymous” instead of your first and last name in the required fields.

The purpose of the CPP is to provide an independent investigation of officer-involved shootings and in-custody deaths, and an unbiased evaluation of all complaints against the San Diego Police Department and its personnel, in a process that will be transparent and accountable to the community.  The CPP will also evaluate and review SDPD policies, practices, training and protocols and represent the community in making recommendations for changes.  The mission of the CPP is to hold law enforcement accountable to the community and to increase community trust in law enforcement, resulting in increased safety for both the community and law enforcement.  

Please note: The complaint form must be submitted by the complainant himself/herself.

Instructions for Completing the Complaint Form

Please describe the incident that led to this complaint, telling what happened from beginning to end. Be as clear and specific as you can be. What aspect(s) of the incident was improper (your specific complaint). How could it be resolved to your satisfaction.

Fields with an asterisk (*) are required.

Optional Information
The following information is being collected for CPP statistical purposes and is entirely optional. The completion or not of this information will not in any way affect the outcome of the investigation.
SDPD Personnel Involved
Only one (1) photo can be uploaded. Additional photos or video files will have to be provided separately.
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png.

  You will be contacted to coordinate the acquisition of the photos/videos.

“I realize that I may be asked to meet with officers of the City of San Diego Police Department Internal Affairs Division and/or members of the Commission on Police Practices to discuss this complaint. If I fail to do so, I acknowledge that it may make it difficult to properly investigate my complaint. I hereby affirm that the foregoing is true and complete to the best of my knowledge and belief.”