The Erie Police Department continually tries to provide the best possible service to the residents and visitors of the City of Erie. We encourage all citizens to voice their opinions to the Erie Police Dept. Please fill out the form below and submit if you would like to file a complaint.  If you provide contact information, an officer may contact you to follow up.  All information will be kept confidential.  Police reports can not be taken via email.  If you need to file a police report contact the Erie Police Dept. Non-Emergency number (814) 870-1125 or contact 911 for Emergencies.  


Public confidence in the Erie Police Department is vital to the continued accomplishment of the Department’s mission. Both reality and perception play a vital role in maintaining the public trust. The public needs to know and be reassured that we can be relied on to investigate our own officers, correct deficiencies, and discipline when necessary.

The Erie Police Department will thoroughly and expeditiously investigate all complaints from citizens, fellow officers, and administrators against Department employees who are alleged to have violated criminal law, or violations of the Policy and Procedures Manual.

Internal affairs investigations are conducted with the authority of the Chief of Police. All complaints are considered serious and will be investigated by the Office of Professional Standards. An administrative investigation shall occur whenever it is alleged that an employee’s conduct or behavior violates any Department policy, procedure, rule or regulation.

A citizen complaint form can be obtained at the police station front counter or by downloading it from the link below. You can also obtain the form from any of the five Magisterial District Judge Offices located throughout the City of Erie. You can also speak with a supervisor, if you wish, about your complaint. If you are not satisfied with this or you feel you don’t want to talk to anyone about it at the time, you can ask for a Citizen Complaint form. One will be given to you. Once completed, return it to the police station, or mail it directly to the Chief of Police, 626 State Street, Room 111, Erie, PA 16501.

The complaint will be forwarded to the Office of Professional Standards and assigned to an investigator. You will be contacted and the investigator will talk with you. You will be heard and your complaint will be taken seriously.

  • If you need help in translating this complaint to another language, please contact the International Institute Language Service Department for assistance at 814-452-3935. The address is 517 East 26 Street, Erie, PA 16504
  • The Erie Police Department recognizes that there are many people living in the City who do not speak or understand English. In an effort to reach out to those people who may be interested in filing a citizen complaint, the Erie Police Department has made arrangements with the International Institute Language Services Department for assistance. Currently, the International Institute has made available interpreters for the following languages:
    • Arabic
    • Bosnian
    • Burmese
    • Chin
    • Kirundi
    • Kiswahili
    • Nepali
    • Russian
    • Spanish
    • Turkish
    • Vietnamese
  • There are several more languages that will be available to be interpreted in the near future.

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Complaint Forms:


For more information please contact:

Christopher Janus
Inspector - Office of Professional Standards
(814) 870-1299

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