Complaints About Officer Misconduct
Complaints about officers should be directed to the law enforcement agency that employs the officer. That agency will provide you with all the information you will need to make your complaint. Minnesota law requires that all law enforcement agencies have a policy on Allegations of Misconduct that outlines the acceptance, investigation and resolution of citizen complaints. You should be given a time frame in which you should expect a response to your complaint. Minnesota Statute requires that you are notified by the law enforcement agency of a final disposition on your complaint.
The POST Board does not have authority to address all complaints about peace officers, and is limited to addressing officer behavior that violates the Standards of Conduct for peace officers outlined in Minnesota Rules 6700.1600.
If you believe an officer has violated the Standards of Conduct, you may file a POST Board complaint form.
The POST Board Complaint Process has more information about how we handle complaints of officer misconduct.
After you have filed a complaint with us, our staff will review the complaint, then bring it before our Complaint Investigation Committee to determine if it falls within the POST Board’s jurisdiction. You will be notified once that determination has been made, typically that takes between 30-60 days. If it is deemed your complaint doesn’t fall within our jurisdiction, we will forward your complaint to the agency employing the officer. It is their responsibility to follow their mandated policy on Allegations of Misconduct. If your complaint falls within the POST Board’s jurisdiction, information will be gathered. The Board may order an investigation conducted by an outside agency. Discipline, as outlined in Minnesota Rule 6700.1710 may be imposed by the Board on the peace officer.
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