We all want a better Memphis. Trust between law enforcement and the people they protect and serve is essential in our city. It is key to the stability of our communities, and the safe and effective delivery of police services. We want to listen and do the work to improve our Memphis Police Department.
If you wish to file a complaint against a Memphis Police Officer, you may file by email, phone, or in-person.
You can call the Inspectional Services Bureau at 901-636-4966. The attendant will take your information, and an investigator will then call and set up an appointment.
If you would like to remain anonymous, call our hotline at 901-636-4979.
You can file a complaint in-person. Inspectional Services is located at:
You can email the Inspectional Services Bureau at ISB@memphistn.gov.
National research shows more restrictive use of force policies can reduce killings by police and save lives. The Memphis Police Department is already practicing these eight policies.
Allowing officers to choke or strangle civilians, in many cases where less lethal force could be used instead, results in the unnecessary death or serious injury of civilians.
Require officers to de-escalate situations, where possible, by communicating with subjects, maintaining distance, and otherwise eliminating the need to use force.
Require officers to give a verbal warning, when possible, before shooting at a civilian.
Require officers to exhaust all other reasonable means before resorting to deadly force.
Require officers to intervene and stop excessive force used by other officers and report these incidents immediately to a supervisor.
Restrict officers from shooting at moving vehicles, which is regarded as a particularly dangerous and ineffective tactic.
Develop a Force Continuum that limits the types of force and/or weapons that can be used to respond to specific types of resistance.
Require officers to report each time they use force or threaten to use force against civilians.
Tell us your solutions to reimagine policing. A taskforce will evaluate concerns and suggestions. Also, if you would like to commend an officer, we would like to hear that too.
The Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB) is an independent agency with authority to investigate allegations of misconduct filed by citizens of the public against the Memphis Police Department (MPD). CLERB has the power to receive, investigate, hear cases, make findings, and recommend action on complaints regarding excessive and deadly force. This includes injuries occurred while in police custody, harassment by police, improper arrests, inadequate investigations, or any other inappropriate conduct by a member MPD. All complaints are thoroughly investigated, and findings reported to the Memphis Police Department.
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