Please provide the names and telephone numbers of
any persons who may have observed this incident.
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
CITIZEN COMPLAINT/COMMENT FORM
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
The information in this pamphlet will
assist anyone who has occasion to make
a comment or complaint about any
member of the University of
Washington Police Department.
All accredited police departments in the
Use the remaining space to describe the incident. State of Washington are required to
Please attach additional pages, if necessary. have a process by which a citizen may
make a complaint against police
personnel. The UWPD looks at any
allegation of wrongdoing or violation of
policy or procedure very seriously.
Conversely, commendations and
comments are also always welcome.
Seattle WA 98105-6797
1117 N.E. Boat Street
UWPD - Comment Form
Chief of Police
Here are some of the questions we
frequently encounter regarding our
comment procedures and processes.
WHAT IS A CITIZEN COMPLAINT?
There are two types of citizen
complaints: informal and formal.
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An informal complaint is an allegation
against an employee which may involve
violations of departmental policies,
procedures or services, and a citizen
wishes to have the complaint addressed
informally by a supervisor. These
complaints may be made over the
telephone, by returning the completed
form, or in person.
A formal complaint is an allegation of
wrongdoing by a UWPD employee for
which the citizen wants a thorough
Signature: review. These complaints must be
submitted in writing by using this form
or by sending in a signed letter.
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
WHO MAY MAKE A COMMENT OR COMPLAINT? WHAT HAPPENS IF I FILE A FALSE CRIMINAL COMPLAINT? CITIZEN'S COMMENT FORM
Anyone. However, if the person wishing to make a We invite citizens to bring their concerns
complaint is under the age of 18, a guardian is regarding police practices and services to our ❍ Informal Complaint
required to sign the complaint form. attention. However, filing a complaint or ❍ Formal Complaint
alleging that a crime was committed and
HOW CAN A COMPLAINT BE MADE? reporting it to a police officer – knowing the
An informal complaint may be made by telephone, report to be false – could result in charges of ❍ General Comment
by mail (using this form), or in person at the police gross misdemeanor (RCW 9A.76.175) being filed
Please print or type
department, or another mutually agreed upon against the complainant.
convenient location. The UWPD is primarily
interested in learning about your concerns and the If you have a complaint and are not sure how to Name:
method of delivering these comments is entirely up proceed, a telephone call to any on-duty
to you. A formal complaint may be made using this supervisor will provide you with the options ❍ Male ❍ Female
form (which must be signed) or by attaching a letter, available.
along with the signed form, and returning it to the Address:
A commendation may address any event that
City, State, Zip:
WHEN CAN AN INFORMAL COMPLAINT BE MADE? you deem noteworthy on the part of an em-
Any time. An informal complaint may be registered ployee who you believe should be recognized.
with any supervisor or the on-duty Watch Com- This may range from a display of courtesy or Home Phone: ( )
mander, by calling (206) 543-9331. compassion to significant lifesaving measures
or heroic acts. We are interested in hearing about Business Phone: ( )
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I FILE A COMPLAINT? your observations of any commendable act or
The complaint is received, reviewed and assigned behavior. Date of Birth:
to a supervisor for investigation. If the complaint is
informal and can be resolved by the immediate All commendations are formally documented Where Did This Incident Occur:
supervisor to your satisfaction, you will not need to and the employee involved will be notified. A
do anything further. If allegations are of a serious commendation takes only a few minutes to write
nature, the supervisor may recommend that the or communicate. It can go a long way to let the
complaint become formal. If the allegations are personnel of the University of Washington
found to be true, the complaint will be forwarded Police Department know how you feel about Date of Incident:
to an Assistant Chief for a formal recommendation them and their service.
and to the Chief of Police for a final determination. Name/Badge Number of Employee(s) Involved:
You will be notified in writing concerning the Use this form (complete, fold, stamp and return) or
disposition of the complaint. send your signed letter to:
WILL I HAVE TO TESTIFY IF I MAKE A COMPLAINT?
A complainant does not normally have to testify in CHIEF OF POLICE
a formal hearing. During the investigation you, UWPD – Comment Form
along with any witnesses, will be interviewed 1117 N.E. Boat Street
concerning the incident. Once an investigation is Seattle, WA 98105-6797 Form continues on the back
concluded, the disposition will be determined.