File a Complaint About the Seattle Police

OPA investigates complaints involving Seattle Police Department employees who may have violated a policy, procedure or the law. OPA will document your complaint, investigate it or share it with the appropriate unit within the Department to address it. OPA also investigates complaints made by witnesses or other interested parties.

Complaints can be filed anonymously. OPA strongly recommends providing contact information because it allows follow-up for additional information that might be crucial to the investigation. The OPA takes complaints regardless of a person's immigration status and never asks complainants or witnesses about their immigration status.

Department policies prohibit retaliation against citizens for making a complaint. Police Officers will not contact you to retaliate in any way.

OPA does not manage crime reports. To report a crime call 206-625-5011 or go to the Community Online Reporting Program (CORP). 

Ways to File a Complaint About a Seattle Police Employee


File a Complaint

File a Complaint Anonymously



(206) 684-8797

If your call is directed to the voicemail system, please leave a message and a sergeant will get back to you within 48 hours.  As our office is not staffed during the weekend, the response time will be longer for messages left over the weekend. If you leave a message between 5pm on Friday and 8am on Monday, a sergeant will get back to you within 72 hours.

Please make sure to leave your contact information - preferably your e-mail address - in the message.


Office of Police Accountability
720 Third Avenue, 18th floor
Seattle, WA 98104

The OPA office is open Monday - Friday from 8am - 5pm. If you come to the office to file a complaint, you will speak with a sergeant about your complaint. The office is located separately from Seattle Police Department Headquarters and precincts.


Office of Police Accountability
610 5th Avenue
P.O. Box 34986
Seattle, WA 98124-4986

Download the complaint form


Customer Service Bureau - Seattle City Hall
601 5th Avenue, 1st Floor
Seattle, WA, 98124-4726
Phone: (206) 684-CITY (2489)
Fax: (206) 684-5529

Seattle Office for Civil Rights - Central Building
810 3rd Avenue, Suite 750
Seattle, WA 98104-1627
Phone: (206) 684-4500
TTY: (206) 684-4503