The OPCR is made up of two units, civilians from the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights and sworn officers of the Minneapolis Police Department Internal Affairs Unit. As such, the OPCR is not a part of the police department but works with officers to resolve complaints in a way that is objective and fair.
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.
The OPCR investigates misconduct including any of the following:
- Use of Excessive Force
- Inappropriate Language/Attitude
- Failure to Provide Adequate or Timely Police Protection
- Any violations of the Policy & Procedure Manual
- Criminal misconduct (to be investigated by the Internal Affairs Unit, per 172.30 (c))
Cards explaining how to file a complaint, as well as the complaint process, are available at any Minneapolis Police Precinct.
For a detailed description of the OPCR Complaint Process, read the OPCR Complaint Process Manual or see the flow chart below for an overview.