Request an investigative hearing

What to do if you disagree with the findings of your complaint against a police officer.

What to do

The Department of Police Accountability (DPA) investigates all complaints against police officers. After the investigation of a compliant is complete, you have the right to request an investigative hearing.

To request a hearing, explain the reasons for your request in writing.

You must submit a written request by mail or in person within 10 days of the DPA Findings Letter.

Department of Police Accountability

1 South Van Ness Ave 8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

Mon to Fri, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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What to include

Your letter needs to include at least 1 of these reasons for requesting a hearing:

  1. There is additional evidence, such as witness statements or other information that contradicts, supplements, or was not disclosed by the investigation
  2. There is reason to question the conclusion of the investigation
  3. An appearance in person by the parties would further the fact-finding process
  4. There has been an undue lapse of time since the occurrence of the incident
  5. A hearing would advance public confidence in the complaint process
  6. There are other factors that you believe make an investigative hearing necessary

The DPA Director has the authority to impanel an investigative hearing if:

  • It's requested by the complainant or an involved officer
  • They determine that a hearing will facilitate the fact-finding process 

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Last updated August 23, 2021