Citizen Complaint Oversight Panel
The mission of the Citizen Complaint Oversight Panel is to:
- Ensure that the report and recommendations of the investigating unit are reasonable and appropriate under the circumstances
- Strengthen the partnership between citizens and the Prince George’s County police by assuring the public that investigations of alleged excessive force, abusive language and/or harassment are complete, thorough, and impartial
We seek to improve the climate of community/police relationships through the fair and timely resolution of individual complaints.
- Issues reports to the Chief Administrative Officer
- Makes an Annual Report to the Public
- Makes recommendations to the Chief of Police
- Reviews each Internal Affairs Division investigation for thoroughness and impartiality
- Reviews reported complaints of excessive force, abusive language, and/or harassment
- 7-member citizen panel
- Created by County Legislation CB-25-1990
- Complete an official Complaint Against Police Practices Form No. 1072 (PDF) or prepare a written account of your complaint. The 1072 form is in all public libraries, the Citizen Complaint Oversight Panel Office and all County Police Stations.
- Submit your complaint to the Citizen Complaint Oversight Panel or any County Police Station or by mail to the address on the complaint form. You can also send complaints by email to the Citizen Complaint Oversight Panel.
- Reports should be filed as soon as possible. Complaints alleging excessive force must be notarized and filed within 366 days of the incident.
The CCOP is mandated to publish an annual report. The CCOP’s 2020 calendar year Annual Report will be published online by the June 30, 2021 deadline.
While not a mandate, a recent internal goal of CCOP’s leadership has been to also publish quarterly reports. However, due to pandemic-related and operational reasons, we have temporarily suspended the publication of quarterly reports. We hope to resume publication of quarterly reports by August 15, 2021, with the posting of the January-March and April-June, 2021 quarterly reports.
- 2019 Annual Report (PDF)
- April-September 2019 Quarterly Report (PDF)
- Jan-Mar 2019 Quarterly Report (PDF)
Visit our archive center to see a list of prior annual reports for the Citizen Complaint Oversight Panel. CD-ROM and a limited number of hard copies of the most recent annual report are available upon request. Please contact the CCOP by phone at 301-883-5042 or by email.