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Commendations and Complaints

UC San Diego Police Department staff members are expected to uphold the university's mission while legally and properly performing their duties. Let us know when police department employees perform their duties in an exemplary way so that we can recognize their good public service.

If you believe the conduct of police department employee is inappropriate, report it immediately. We promptly and thoroughly investigates all citizen and anonymous complaints to:

  • Preserve the morale and integrity of the department and its personnel
  • Foster public trust and confidence in the department and its personnel
  • Ensure that corrective or disciplinary action is taken when appropriate

File a Complaint

A citizen complaint is a grievance that a citizen believes the police department should be aware of so a proper investigation can take place. You can file a citizen complaint against a police department employee:

  • By phone – Call (858) 534-4357 and ask to speak with a supervisor.
  • By email – Send a message to Ask-a-Cop.
  • By U.S. or campus mail – Complete the complaint form (PDF) and address it as follows:
    UC San Diego Police Department
    Internal Affairs Division
    9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0017
    La Jolla, CA 92093-0017
  • In person – Visit the Police Department, located at Campus Services Complex - Building B, and ask to speak with a supervisor.

Information received through the complaint form will be acted upon promptly with investigations conducted in accordance with applicable law and university policy. The complainant will be informed of the outcome of the investigation in accordance with California law, PC 823.7 (e) (1). The department or agency shall provide written notification to the complaining party of the disposition of the complaint within 30 days of the disposition.

For more information, see Contacts.