The purpose of reviewing complaints is to ensure the continued confidence of the community by upholding the integrity of the police department. The complaint procedure provides citizens with a way to make legitimate complaints regarding police employees. It also protects employees who perform their job in a reasonable, lawful, and impartial manner from false or unwarranted accusations.
Every complaint, if it appears there could be a violation of department policy or procedure, will be vigorously and impartially investigated. It is departmental policy that complaints be handled at the lowest appropriate organizational level and as quickly as possible. Minor breaches of regulations are assigned to the accused employee’s supervisor. He/She will contact you by phone or in person.
How to File a Complaint
You may file a complaint in person, by phone, or by mail. It is preferred that individuals identify themselves. Anonymous complaints do not carry the same weight since employees have the same rights as other citizens to confront their accusers. However, anonymous complaints are accepted at the discretion of the Chief of Police.
For further information please contact:
St. Petersburg Police Department
Office of Professional Standards
1301 First Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33705