File a Complaint

The public's trust, confidence, and support are essential to a positive relationship between the UC Davis Police Department and the public it is sworn to serve. Consistent with California Penal Code §832.5, UC Davis has developed a complaint process designed to detect and correct improper or undesirable police practices. All investigations are kept confidential; retaliation for filing a complaint is prohibited.

A complaint should be filed when you feel that a member of the UC Davis Police Department has acted improperly in the course of their work. Whether the complaint is related to discourteous treatment, failure to take action, inaccurate report writing, an unjustified arrest, unnecessary force or any other police action that you feel is wrong, the Police Accountability wants to know about it.

How do I file a complaint with the PAB? 

  • Online: You can submit the complaint form electronically. All complaints are received by the Office of Compliance and Policy.
  • In person: You may call (530) 752-6550 to schedule an in-person meeting at the Office of Compliance and Policy. You may also file your complaint in person at the UC Davis Police Department. All complaints filed with the UCDPD will be promptly forwarded to our office.
  • By mail or fax: You may download the pdf version of the complaint form and mail it to Office of Compliance and Policy, attn: Wendy Lilliedoll, UC Davis, 428 Mrak Hall, Davis, CA 95616; or via fax to (530) 752-0853. Complaint forms are available in Spanish, Russian, Hmong, Chinese, and Vietnamese
  • We prefer to receive complaints in writing. If you are unable to write your complaint for any reason, PAB staff will assist you in completing the form.
  • Individual complaints must be filed within 180 days from the incident date; however, it is beneficial to file as soon as possible after the incident. The 180 day filing period is tolled when a complainant is incapacitated and unable to file.

Important information about filing a complaint

Please provide as much information as possible about the incident. Your complaint should include:

  • Time, date, and location of the incident.
  • Names and badge numbers of officers (if known).
  • Names and phone numbers of witnesses (if known).
  • Any documents related to the incident, such as photographs, citations, hospital records.