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File a complaint against a Philadelphia police officer

Notice: The Police Advisory Commission is currently transitioning into the Citizens Police Oversight Commission. The content on this page is subject to change in the coming months.

The Citizens Police Oversight Commission (CPOC) takes complaints against police officers and sends them to the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) Internal Affairs Division. Residents can file complaints against police directly with PPD, but CPOC serves as an impartial intermediary.

As a civilian oversight agency, CPOC’s goal is to provide complainants with a safe space to air their grievances. CPOC can also sit in on interviews with Internal Affairs at the complainant’s request or monitor investigations.

If you witnessed a police officer acting unprofessionally, you can make a complaint by filling out the form below.

Who

Anyone who has witnessed or experienced inappropriate or unprofessional police behavior can file a complaint.

If you have criminal charges pending, you should talk with an attorney before you file a complaint.

When and where

Complaints can be made:

  • Online.
  • By email.
  • By mail.
  • In person.

How

File your complaint using one of the options below.

A CPOC staff member will review your complaint and contact you to go over the process and any follow-up questions. CPOC will then send a complaint referral to PPD’s Internal Affairs Division.

To make a complaint by email:

Download and fill out the form and submit it to cpoc@phila.gov.

To make a complaint by mail or in person:

Download and fill out the form and mail or bring it to:

1515 Arch Street
11th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

(215) 685-0891

To make a complaint online fill out the form below:


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