How to file a complaint

Information about filing a police misconduct complaint.

Why should you file?

  • Accountability: Filing a complaint can result in the discipline of an officer who commits misconduct and can alert police management of potentially abusive officers who engage in unauthorized or unlawful behavior.
  • Transparency: Filing a complaint increases citizen participation in policing, allowing for greater transparency in civilian oversight.
  • Public Trust: By holding officers accountable and deterring future misconduct, complaints improve policing in the City of Minneapolis, increasing public trust.

Filing a complaint

You may file a complaint online, at your local precinct, in person, or by mailing a signed copy of the complaint form below. You may also visit our offices in Minneapolis City Hall to collect a complaint form. Complaints must be filed with the OPCR within 270 days (9 months) of the date of the alleged police misconduct.

File a complaint online

The OPCR investigates misconduct including any of the following:

  • Use of Excessive Force
  • Inappropriate Language/Attitude
  • Harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Theft
  • Failure to Provide Adequate or Timely Police Protection
  • Retaliation
  • Any violations of the Policy & Procedure Manual
  • Criminal misconduct (to be investigated by the Internal Affairs Unit, per 172.30 (c))

English Minneapolis Police Citizen Complaint Form

Somali Spanish Laotian Oromo Vietnamese

Cards explaining how to file a complaint, as well as the complaint process, are available at any Minneapolis Police Precinct. 

Complaint process

For a detailed description of the OPCR Complaint Process, read the OPCR Complaint Process Manual  or see the flow chart below for an overview.

Police misconduct complaint filing common questions

Is the OPCR part of the Minneapolis Police Department?
Show response
How do I file a complaint about police misconduct?
Show response
What kinds of complaints are received?
Show response
Who can file a complaint?
Show response
What happens to a complaint after it’s filed?
Show response
If I file a complaint, will I be notified of the outcome?
Show response

Contact us

Office of Police Conduct Review

Imani Jaafar



City Hall
350 Fifth St. S., Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Office hours

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday