How to File a Complaint

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

Complaints can be filed anonymously, however, the 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.

 

Ways to File a Complaint

 

FILE ONLINE

 

EMAIL

opa@seattle.gov

 

PHONE

(206) 684-8797

If your call is directed to the voicemail system, please leave a message and a sergeant will get back to you promptly.

Make sure to leave your contact information in the message.

 

FAX

(206) 233-7907

 

IN PERSON

Office of Professional Accountability
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue
Suite 1640
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 the Police Department Headquarters and separate from the precincts.

 

BY MAIL

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

 

NON POLICE LOCATIONS:

Customer Service Bureau City Hall
600 4th Avenue, 1st Floor
P.O. Box 94826
Seattle, WA 98124-4726
Phone:(206) 684-CITY (2489)

 

Seattle Office for Civil Rights Central Building
810 Third Ave, Suite 750
Seattle, WA 98104-1627
Phone:(206) 684-4500 or
(TTY) (206) 684-450