What to do
It can take several months to respond to a records request, as records can be up to 400 pages.
Before you file, check the portal to see if we have already published a report on the case.
You may request copies of your own complaint and the findings letter.
Before we release information about your complaint, we will remove any private information.
Types of public records
You can request records of all complaints against police officers. Before we release records, we remove sensitive information like medical information and the names of the people who filed the complaint and witnesses.
We also publish 4 categories of records on our online public records portal:
- Officer-Involved Shootings
- Great-Bodily Injuries
- Officer Sexual Assault
- Officer Dishonesty
These 4 categories are sometimes called “SB 1421 Records” after the 2019 bill that requires us to publish them.
We are adding records to the portal all the time. If you request something that is not on our portal, it may take time to deliver the records.
Sharing public records contributes to transparency in police oversight.
Last updated August 23, 2021