|San Francisco Department of Police Accountability (DPA)|
|Address||25 Van Ness Ave., Ste. 700, San Francisco, California 94102|
Fax: (415)-241-7733 TTY: (415)241-7770
|Hours||Monday-Friday 8a.m. - 5p.m.|
|Language(s)||Interpretation and translation services are available|
Established in 1983 by a voter initiated charter amendment, the DPA’s mission is to promptly, fairly, and impartially investigate complaints against the San Francisco Police Department, make policy recommendations regarding police practice, investigate all officer-involved shootings, and conduct periodic audits of the San Francisco Police Department.
To ensure community safety, enhance community police relations, make policy recommendations regarding police practices, and provide an independent review process.
Independent of the San Francisco Police Department, the DPA is staffed by a diverse group of civilians who have never been SFPD officers. The DPA conducts impartial and thorough investigations into complaints of police misconduct and inadequate services involving the San Francisco Police Department with respect to the rights of all parties involved. In addition, the DPA builds bridges between the community and the San Francisco Police Department through mediation and other restorative practices. The DPA conveys concerns and needs of the community to the Police Commission and reports back to the community through outreach.
Anyone can file a complaint. Complaints can be submitted anonymously, by a third party or concerned community member, by a person who witnesses or experiences alleged SFPD misconduct, or by a non-resident of San Francisco. You can file a complaint
- regardless of your age.
- regardless of your immigration status.
- if you are incarcerated.
- if you do not speak English.
Interpretation and translation services are available.