How do I initiate a complaint against police department personnel?

A complaint may be initiated in person, by telephone, by letter or online using the Citizen Complaint Form. Complaints can be filed 24 hours a day with a police supervisor. During regular business hours, other administrative personnel are also available to take a complaint.


If the complaint is against the Captain, Support Services Manager, Detective Lieutenant or a Lieutenant the complaint should be filed with the Chief of Police. It the complaint is against the Chief of Police the complaint should be filed with the Whitewater Police and Fire Commission.

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1. How do I initiate a complaint against police department personnel?
2. If I am under 18 years old, do I have the right to file a complaint?
3. Must I give my name to file a complaint?
4. Will the employee know that I have made a complaint?
5. Should I be concerned about possible retaliation for making a complaint?
6. What will happen to the employee?
7. How long will the investigation take?
8. Will I be notified of the results of the investigation?
9. What if I am not satisfied with the results of the investigation?
10. What if I make false accusations?
11. Do you need help or further information about complaint filing?