Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission

The Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission (PCIARC) reviews and makes disciplinary and policy recommendations to the Saint Paul Chief of Police on all civilian initiated police conduct complaints. Composed of up to nine Saint Paul residents, the commission is essential to the trust between police and the communities they serve. The PCIARC does not replace civil or criminal court, but makes recommendations to the chief of police regarding investigation findings and potential discipline, subject to the Minnesota Peace Officer Discipline Procedures Act and related state labor laws. The chief of police has the final authority over any disciplinary action imposed against a police officer. 

The commission has a dedicated civilian PCIARC coordinator to assist in receiving complaints from the public. The coordinator works to build trust in the complaint investigation process, increase transparency and public access to the complaint process, and serve as a city liaison to the commission.

In 2016, after an in depth review and several community conversations, Mayor Coleman and the Saint Paul City Council made significant amendments to the ordinance governing PCIARC. 

Read the City of Saint Paul Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission Ordinance      File a Police Misconduct Complaint    Apply to be a PCIARC Commissioner

Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission (PCIARC)

Established in 1993, the PCIARC is a civilian task force created to provide civilians from diverse backgrounds with an opportunity to evaluate police-civilian incidents and make disciplinary and policy recommendations to the chief of police. 

PCIARC meetings 

A portion of each PCIARC meeting is open to the public and a portion of the commission meeting is not open to the public. A sign will be displayed outside PCIARC meetings indicating when the meeting is closed.

Upcoming PCIARC meetings:
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
6:00 p.m. 
T.R.U.T.H. Preparatory Academy
1355 W Pierce Butler Route
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
6:00 p.m. 
Saint Paul Jewish Community Center
1375 Saint Paul Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55116

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
6:00 p.m. 
Ironworkers Local No. 512 - JAC
835 Pierce Butler Route
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Current PCIARC Commissioners:

  • Dianne Binns
  • Bryan Langford
  • Jasmine Lykhaug 
  • Scott Swanson 
  • Susan Trupiano

Filing a Police Complaint 

To file a formal complaint of police misconduct, individuals have the following options:  

  1. Individuals can submit a complaint online; or
  2. Individuals can receive assistance from the PCIARC coordinator in completing and submitting a complaint; or 
  3. Individuals can complete the PCIARC Complaint form and mail or email to the PCIARC coordinator.
    • Hmong PCIARC Complaint Form 
    • Oromo PCIARC Complaint Form  
    • Somali PCIARC Complaint Form
    • Spanish PCIARC Complaint Form
    • Vietnamese PCIARC Complaint Form

Mail to: 
City of Saint Paul
Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity
Attn: PCIARC Coordinator 
15 Kellogg Boulevard West 
240 City Hall
Saint Paul, MN 55102

The city seeks to ensure that police officers perform their duties with professionalism. Honest feedback is essential to maintaining a police department that is trustworthy and responsive to the communities it serves. It is crucial that truthfulness be maintained in the filing and investigation of complaints against the police. Please be advised that Minnesota law (Minn. Stat. § 609.505) makes it a criminal offense to make a knowingly false and defamatory report of police officer misconduct.

Once a complaint is received, the coordinator will follow up with the complainant to ensure the complaint is signed and fully completed. The complaint will then be turned over to the Saint Paul Police Internal Affairs Unit. A complainant can expect to receive a complaint disposition within 12 weeks of receipt of an official completed complaint. 

Resolving Civilian Complaints

At the conclusion of an investigation, the Internal Affairs Unit will submit the completed file to the Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission for review. The commission will make a recommendation for disposition and discipline to the chief of police. If a majority decision is obtained, the review coordinator shall inform the chief of police of the recommendation along with the rationale. The chief of police may agree with the commission and take the recommended action. 

Failure of the commission to reach a majority decision will cause the investigation to proceed directly to the chief of police for determination and disposition. 

If the chief of police disagrees with the recommendation, he or she will notify the PCIARC coordinator of the action he or she intends to impose. The coordinator will notify the chair who has 5 working days to discuss concerns with the chief of police before any action is finalized. This provision does not prohibit the chief of police from taking immediate action in any case. Per state law (Minn. Stat. § 626.89 Subd. 17), civilian review boards do not have authority to make a finding of fact or determination regarding a complaint against an officer or impose discipline on an officer. Recommendations are advisory only and are not binding on nor limit the authority of the chief of police. 

Case Disposition

The commission and PCIARC Coordinator will advise the complainant of the final disposition of the complaint. Possible dispositions include:

  • Unfounded - Allegation is false or not factual;
  • Not Sustained - Insufficient evidence to prove or disprove the incident;
  • Exonerated - Incident occurred, but it was lawful and proper;
  • Policy Failure: The allegation is factual.  The officer followed proper departmental procedures which have been proven to be faulty;
  • Sustained - Allegation is supported by sufficient evidence to justify a reasonable conclusion that Saint Paul Police Department policies and/or procedures were violated.

PCIARC Police Civilian Conduct Complaint Offices  

The following contacts can assist civilians in filing a police conduct complaint. 

​PCIARC Coordinator - HREEO 
15 Kellogg Boulevard West 
240 City Hall 
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Phone:  651-266-8966         
TTY:  651-266-8977
Email

Saint Paul NAACP
Hallie Q. Brown Community Center
270 North Kent Street 
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Phone: 651-649-0520 | Email 

Saint Paul Police Department - Internal Affairs Unit    
367 Grove St. 
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Phone:  651-266-5760

PCIARC Reports & Resources 

University of Minnesota Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking PCIARC Audit

In 2015-16, the City of Saint Paul partnered with the University of Minnesota Center for Restorative Justice and Peacekeeping for a review of the PCIARC. Following an in depth review and several community meetings, the University of Minnesota offered comprehensive recommendations to evolve the commission.   

Saint Paul Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission annual reports:

National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement

The National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) is a non-profit organization that brings together individuals and agencies working to establish or improve oversight of police officers in the United States.