We believe that you should control who has access to your private information. Therefore we’ve created four unique options for how we will collect and share the data you provide.

  1. Fully Public Complaint: Names Publicly Named
    Complainant is providing all the information required to submit a complete complaint to the relevant police oversight agencies. This level provides the greatest accessibility to empower investigators to properly investigate complaints.The complaint – including officers’ and civilians’ names – will be visible on the OPC website. But other personal information (e.g. complainant contact info, home address, etc.) will not be public. All information provided by the complainant will be privately shared with the relevant oversight agencies investigating the complaint.
  2. Semi-Public Complaint: No Public Names
    Complainant is providing all of the above information for investigations, but they do not want any names to appear on the OPC website. For reciprocity purposes, neither civilian nor police officer names will be made public. All information provided by the complainant will be privately shared with the relevant oversight agencies investigating the complaint.
  3. AnonymOUS Complaint: No Public Names
    Complaint was submitted anonymously. No personal information about the complainant is requested or collected. Neither OPC staff nor investigators will be able to contact the complainant. This makes it harder for oversight agencies to investigate, but is an important option for complainants who might fear retaliation. During review, OPC staff can double-check for any details which could be used for personal identification and delete them from the database. All information provided by the complainant will be privately shared with the relevant oversight agencies investigating the complaint.
  4. AnonymIZED Complaint: Some Quantitative Data Only
    After completing the entire process, the complaint was stripped of all personally identifiable data. No personal information about the complainant is requested or collected. No open-ended responses are requested, only multiple-choice. This is done to minimize potential harms to victims with pending charges, or those planning civil action. The anonymized data includes only the type of incident, the month, city, department name, and multi-choice responses describing the allegations and sequence of events. All information provided by the complainant will be privately shared with the relevant oversight agencies investigating the complaint.

Updated: April 8, 2016

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