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The California Highway Patrol

Citizens' Complaint Procedures

Office of Internal Affairs
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has a well-defined procedure for investigating citizens' complaints. Once a complaint is received, it is the responsibility of the involved employee's Commander to ensure a thorough investigation is conducted. Although complaints cannot always be resolved to a citizen's satisfaction, all investigations are conducted objectively, with a goal of maintaining public confidence and departmental integrity. After completion of the investigation, complaints are directed through the chain of command for an impartial review. After final approval, the citizen is provided with a closing written response.

The citizens' complaint process is designed to investigate the allegations of citizens and to make a determination of fact as to any wrongdoing. In cases where a false complaint is maliciously filed against a peace officer, that officer is entitled to file a civil action. Therefore, it is important all allegations presented in a complaint to the Department be based on factual information.

Penal Code Section 148.6 requires that all law enforcement agencies accepting an allegation of misconduct against a peace officer shall require the complainant to read and sign the following information advisory:

Complaint Forms
Citizen's Complaint (Uniformed) - "Print and Mail ONLY" CHP240B
Citizen's Complaint (Non-Uniformed) "Print and Mail ONLY" CHP240D
Citizen's Complaint (On-Line Form) - "Online ONLY" CONTINUE...