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. 

     File a Police Misconduct Complaint    Apply to be a PCIARC Commissioner 

                Attend a PCIARC Meeting          Learn more about the PCIARC

Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Council Annual Summit

Register now for the 2018 City of Saint Paul Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission (PCIARC) Annual Summit. The event highlights the work the PCIARC does in reviewing police misconduct complaints and is an opportunity for the PCIARC Commissioners to hear from the community. The PCIARC Summit will include an overview of the 2017 Annual Report and update on changes to the PCIARC ordinance, highlights of the first year of implementation, and a chance to meet the PCIARC Commissioners, and City of Saint Paul staff involved in handling police misconduct complaints. The event is free and open to the public.  

WHAT:     2018 PCIARC Annual Summit

WHEN:    Tuesday, November 13, 2018
                 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
                 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Coffee and light refreshments

WHERE:  Mitchell Hamline School of Law 
                 875 Summit Ave.
                 Saint Paul, MN 55104

WHO:      Saint Paul Department of Human Rights & Equal Economic Opportunity
                Saint Paul Police Department 
                Saint Paul NAACP

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.

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 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 NAACP
Hallie Q. Brown Community Center
270 North Kent Street 
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Phone: 651-649-0520 | Email 
Please call or email to set up an appointment.

Neighborhood Justice Center
500 Laurel Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Phone: 651-222-4703 I Email
Please call or email to set up an appointment.

District 2 Community Council
1364 Prosperity Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55106
Phone: 651-774-2220 I Email
Please call or email to set up an appointment. Complaint intake help is also available here in Spanish and Hmong.
Proveemos ayuda para denunciar las acciones (ineptas) de oficiales del departamento de la policia de Saint Paul.   

West Side Community Organization
209 Page St. W
Saint Paul, MN 55107
Phone: 651-293-1708 I Email
Please call or email to set up an appointment.

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

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.

Learn more about the complaint review process

For questions on the complaint process or the Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission, please contact the PCIARC Coordinator.