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.
Filing a Police Complaint
To file a formal complaint of police misconduct, individuals have the following options:
- Individuals can submit a complaint online; or
- Individuals can receive assistance from the PCIARC coordinator in completing and submitting a complaint; or
- Individuals can complete the PCIARC Complaint form and mail or email to the PCIARC coordinator.
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 following contacts can assist civilians in filing a police conduct complaint:
PCIARC Coordinator - Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity Department
15 Kellogg Boulevard West, Suite 240
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Phone: 651-266-8966 I TTY: 651-266-8977 I Email
Saint Paul Police Department - Internal Affairs Unit
367 Grove St.
Saint Paul, MN 55101
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.
For questions on the complaint process or the Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission, please contact the PCIARC Coordinator.