Submit a Complaint

If you feel a Gainesville Police Department member acted improperly, a complaint may be made in writing, in person, or by telephone. Complaints are categorized as:

  • Formal – An Administrative Investigation Referral Form is completed and forwarded to the Internal Affairs Unit. A preliminary investigation is conducted to determine if the complaint has merit. If possible merit exists, the investigation is expanded.
  • Informal – A Preliminary Investigation is conducted to determine if the complaint has possible merit. An informal complaint is typically assigned to a supervisor to review and document findings.

Complaints may be made at:

Gainesville Police Department
Front Desk
545 NW 8th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 393-7500


City of Gainesville Equal Opportunity Department

You may download, complete and print an Internal Affairs Citizen Complaint Form by visiting the link below. Microsoft Word is required to view the form.

Complaint Process Brochure(DOCX, 92KB)

Citizen Complaint Form(DOCX, 60KB)

What happens after a complaint is filed?

Learn about the Internal Affairs Process

Caution: We take allegations of employee misconduct seriously. Consequently, if the investigation reveals the complaint was made maliciously, in bad faith, or with knowledge that the accusation was false, action shall be taken, whenever possible, to prosecute the complainant for making a false report.