Tools for Activists

These are the tools we use ourselves to fight police misconduct. You can use them too! Currently, our information is geared for our charter city, Albuquerque, New Mexico. We do plan to branch out into other cities in the future. If you are interested in spearheading PoliceComplaints.info in your local community, please contact us.

Adopt A Cop in Your Community

We ask community activists to Adopt a Cop. That just means picking one or more police officers, perhaps ones you have some kind of personal experience with, and then just commit to monitoring his or her public complaints file. It’s an easy and effective way to help us build up-to-date public profiles for the police officers in your community.

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Report a Complaint about a Local Cop

We accept the following types of reports of police misconduct:

We publish these complaints in our searchable police complaints registry and also in our blog. We never include your name in anything we publish online. When you send us copies of your complaints, you make it possible for people in your community to keep tabs on the police officers to whom they’ve entrusted their safety and their rights.

We accept written reports in various text formats, including email, RTF and Microsoft Word. For scanned documents, we prefer PDF documents. We’ll take almost anything you’ve got, but please help us out and refer to our formatting preferences.

Email your report to news@policecomplaints.info

We are currently accepting reports only for police officers in our charter city, Albuquerque, New Mexico. If you are interested in spearheading PoliceComplaints.info for another community, please contact us

How to Request Copies of an Officer's Public Complaints File

Our primary service is our searchable library of Internal Affairs records, documenting citizen complaints against police officers. It’s easy to get these public records for any police officer in Albuquerque. We encourage activists to Adopt a Cop and check regularly for updates to their Internal Affairs file.

The easiest way to get these records is to request them by email and pick them up at the police station downtown. Here’s how.

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How to prepare a public complaint file for publishing

We welcome all complaint submissions, but you’ll really help us out and see your complaint published faster if you can format your submission according to our specifications. Here’s how.

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