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How do I file a complaint about an officer?

POSTED January 15, 2014

A citizen wishing to make a complaint against a police officer may do so by sending us an email to: [email protected] or by going to any police facility. You may not be turned away or instructed to go to another location to lodge your complaint.

If your complaint is in reference to the offensives of Abusive Language, Harassment, False Imprisonment, False Arrest or Excessive Force it is requested you complete the CRB Form (Civilian Review Board) and attached it to your email.


If you do not wish to file a complaint at a police facility, you may file a complaint directly to the Internal Affairs Division in person, or by calling (410) 396-2300.

If you prefer, you may file a complaint against a police officer in person or by calling any of the following locations:

Internal Affairs Division
2524 Kirk Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
(410) 396-2300

Human Relations Commission
6 Saint Paul Street
Balimore, Maryland 21202
(410) 767-8600

Community Relations Commission
10 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
(410) 396-3141

Legal Aid Bureau
500 E. Lexington Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
(410) 539-5340

If you are turned away from the police facility, request to see a supervisor and request the name and badge number of the Police Officer refusing to take your complaint.

Citizens are reminded that complaints of Excessive Force must be made within 90 days and that all  complaints of Excessive Force, Discourtesy, or Harasment must be put in writing on a Civilian Review Board form and sworn to before an official authorized to administer an oath. (Members of the Internal Investigations Division can notarize these complaints.)

A citizen's complaint will be reduced to writing and an investigation will be conducted.

* Making a false statement, report or complaint is punishable by a fine of $500, or 6 months imprisonment, or both, in accordance with Article 27, Section 150.