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Department of Police Accountability

The mission of the Department of Police Accountability is to promptly, fairly and impartially investigate complaints against San Francisco police officers, make policy recommendations regarding police practices and conduct periodic audits of the San Francisco Police Department. Civilians who have never been police officers in San Francisco staff the Department of Police Accountability. Our brochure is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Arabic.

The Department of Police Accountability was originally the Office of Citizen Complaints which was created as a separate city department by an amendment to the San Francisco City Charter (section 4.127) in 1982 and placed under the direct supervision of the Police Commission. In 2016, an amendment to the San Francisco City Charter (section 4.136) renamed the Office of Citizen Complaints the Department of Police Accountability, removed the Department of Police Accountability from the police department’s budget and provided to the Department of Police Accountability the power to conduct periodic audits of the San Francisco Police Department.

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Director Hicks interviewed on KQED TV Newsroom

KQED Newsroom screenshot - Thuy Vu, Supervisor Campos and Director Hicks

DPA's Executive Director is interviewed in a short segment with Supervisor Campos regarding racist texts sent by SFPD officers. Chief Suhr, DA Gascón...

Criminal Justice Conversations Podcast with David Onek

Onek and Hicks picture

Executive Director Hicks discusses San Francisco’s strong police oversight model, our innovative mediation program, working with police unions,...

Complaint Process

Complaint Process

Read and learn about how to file a complaint. Find out when a complaint should be filed and how to file an anonymous complaint.

 

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