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ONLINE OPA Complaint form

Complaints of misconduct are taken very seriously. You will be asked to certify that the information you provide is true to the best of your knowledge.

We respect your privacy and will not distribute your personal information except as necessary to resolve your request or complaint. However, you should be aware that this information is subject to the State's public disclosure laws and may be disclosable upon request. [see privacy policy].

( * ) Denotes Required Field

Your Information:

Last Name: * First Name: *

Middle Initial:

I wish to file a: * Suggestion Inquiry Complaint

Address:

City: State: Zipcode:

Home Phone:

Work Phone:

Email Address: *


Information about the Incident:

Location of Incident: *

Date of Incident: * mm/dd/yy

Time of Incident:

Name of SPD Officer/Employee(If known):

Name of Witness(es) or Others Involved:

Witness Address:

City: State: Zipcode:

Witness Phone:

Statement/Description of Incident:

OPA has a Citizen-Police mediation program to resolve certain complaints. Participation is voluntary. You can learn more about the mediation process on this website. Would you consider mediation for this complaint?

Yes No

Do you have photographs or video relevant to this incident?

Video Photos No

*

Pursuant to SMC 3.28.825, the OPA Director is required to report the racial, ethnic and gender distributions of OPA complainants.  It is voluntary, but helpful to know the following information:

Gender:

Male Female

Racial/Ethnic Background:

American Indian/Alaskan Native
Asian/Pacific Islander
Black
Hispanic/Latino
White
Other
Decline

A copy of your complaint file may be requested through the Seattle Police Department, Public Disclosure Unit.  Do you want your name and contact information disclosed? *

Yes No

The Office of Professional Accountability exists to ensure professional and accountable law enforcement for the citizens for Seattle. Honest feedback is essential to maintaining a police department that is both trustworthy and responsive to the community. Therefore, it is critical that truthfulness be maintained in the filing and investigation of complaints against the police.

I hereby certify that the information in this complaint is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief. *

Initials:

OTHER WAYS TO FILE A COMPLAINT

EMAIL: opa@seattle.gov

PHONE: (206) 684-8797

FAX: (206) 233-7907

IN PERSON:

Internal Investigation Section
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue
Suite 1640
Seattle, WA 98104

BY MAIL:

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

We also investigate anonymous complaints, complaints made by witnesses or other interested parties, and complaints referred to us by the Mayor's Office, City Council Members and referral agencies.

 

NON POLICE LOCATIONS

Compliants can also be filed at:

Customer Service Bureau
City Hall
600 4th Avenue, 1st Floor
P.O. Box 94826
Seattle, WA 98124-4726

E-mail: Customer Service Bureau
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

 
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