If you believe your rights may have been violated, we encourage you to submit a complaint. Because there are time limits on when a complaint can be filed with HUD after an alleged violation, you should submit a complaint as soon as possible.
This links to the Complaint About Peace Officers/Law Enforcement Agency form as well as the general policy guidelines governing the manner in which the Department of Justice will respond to complaints by members of the public against a law enforcement agency or its employees. You do not have to provide the personal information requested on the form. If you do not wish to provide personal information, such as your name, home address, or home telephone
number, you may remain anonymous.
The Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) was established by the Legislature in 1959 to set minimum selection and training standards for California law enforcement. The agencies below are POST participating agencies and departments unless otherwise noted. See also: Federal and International Law Enforcement Agencies, Tribal Police Departments and Special Interest Associations.
We make sure that Constitutional rights — to free speech, to privacy, to due process — don’t just exist on paper, but also in practice. The ACLU is the first line of defense against threats to civil liberties and we work to ensure these freedoms are guaranteed to every person in this country.
If you have a specific incident or officer that you would more information on, you can file your own Public Records Act request. The ACLU of Southern California, along with other organizations, is in the process of requesting and publishing the records for all incidents that have now been made public from the 400+ law enforcement agencies within California.
The Attorney General is the state's top lawyer and law enforcement official, protecting and serving the people and interests of California through a broad range of duties. The Attorney General's responsibilities include safeguarding Californians from harm and promoting community safety, preserving California's spectacular natural resources, enforcing civil rights laws, and helping victims of identity theft, mortgage-related fraud, illegal business practices, and other consumer crimes.
Assembly Bill (AB) 953 enacted The Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015 (RIPA) into law which, among other things, requires each California law enforcement agency (LEA) employing peace officers to annually report their stop data to the Attorney General. As defined in the regulations guiding RIPA Stop Data collection, a "stop" is any detention by a peace officer of a person or any peace officer interaction with a person in which the officer conducts a search. This data include both pedestrian and vehicle stops.
The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. We have an impact on the system through journalism, rendering it more fair, effective, transparent and humane.
CalMatters is a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters. Environmental regulation, education, health care, housing, criminal justice, economic inequality – the debates on these issues and others have a profound impact on the lives of 38 million Californians and beyond.
This is a list of organizations provided by the State of California's Department of Justice. This includes a directory of civil rights agencies in 22 California cities and counties is compiled by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. It also links to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission's directory of private organizations involved in civil rights issues.