Friday, April 22, 2011

Police complaint forms can now be filed online


Members of the public who feel they have experienced possible police abuse or misconduct now can file a complaint with the Office of Community Complaints (OCC) online.

The online form can be accessed at this link. Complainants can download the form, fill it out, and e-mail it as an attachment to An OCC analyst will then be in contact. Complaints cannot be submitted anonymously but do not have to be notarized for online submittal.

Previously, the only way to submit a complaint was in person at a police station or a few other neighborhood locations. The Board of Police Commissioners wanted a more convenient way for the public to be able report possible concerns about Kansas City Police.

About the Office of Community Complaints:
Under the authority of the Board of Police Commissioners, the Office of Community Complaints is a non-police, civilian oversight agency. The OCC has been charged with the responsibility of protecting the citizen from the possibility of abuse or misconduct on the part of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department. The Office also is entrusted with the duty to protect members of the police department from unjust and unfair accusations. The Office of Community Complaints is committed to effectively and impartially resolving all complaints involving a citizen’s guaranteed right to fair and efficient police protection.