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Office of the Director of Police Accountability
Office of the Director of Police Accountability

Policy Complaints

Filing a Policy Complaint

The Police Accountability Board reviews Berkeley Policy Department policies, practices, and procedures. A member of the community who believes that a policy, practice, or procedure is insufficient or improper can initiate a review by the Board. The Office of the Director of Police Accountability (DPA) accepts policy complaints and brings them before the Board.

To Obtain a Policy Complaint Form

1. Contact the DPA Office by phone, email, or fax, to request a form.

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2. Come to the DPA Office to pick up the form.

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3. Download the form here.  

The form is in PDF format. To view PDF files, download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader. 

To Return the Policy Complaint Form
Mail, email, fax, or bring the completed form to the DPA Office.

Contact Information
Office of the Director of Police Accountability
1947 Center Street, 5th Floor
Berkeley, CA  94704

Telephone: (510) 981-4950
Fax:           (510) 981-4955
TDD:          (510) 981-6903
Email:        dpa@cityofberkeley.info
Hours:        Walk-in hours 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
                   By appointment 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

Policy Review Process

  • The Director will agendize the Policy Complaint for a meeting of the Board. You will be notified of the meeting date and time and, if you wish, may attend the meeting to address the Board and answer their questions.
  • If the Board agrees that a policy review is warranted, they may take appropriate action, including initiating an investigation or establishing a subcommittee to review the policy.
  • The Board may recommend that the Police Department adopt or revise a policy. It will send the recommendation to the Chief of Police or City Manager, who will consider whether to implement it.
  • The Board could also decide that no policy change is warranted.

If you have any questions about this process, contact the DPA.

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Questions or comments? Email: dpa@cityofberkeley.info Phone: (510) 981-4950
(510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
TTY: (510) 981-6903
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