Commendations and Complaints
You can file the form via the web, fax, or mail.
The OIM accepts commendations and complaints. We forward commendations to the officer's chain of command so that both the officer and his/her supervisors are notified, and the commendation is placed in the officer's personnel record. For all complaints, we assign a case number to it and forward it to the Internal Affairs Bureau of the Denver Police and/or Sheriff Departments to be assigned to a sergeant for review. Our office monitors the entire Internal Affairs process to ensure that it is handled in a reasonable and appropriate manner. For a more detailed description of the complaint handling process, please see our OIM Complaint and Commendation Form Brochure (PDF).
Please note that it is very difficult to conduct a quality investigation when complaints are not filed in a timely manner. We strongly encourage complainants with allegations of minor misconduct to file their complaints within 60 days and those alleging serious conduct to file within 6 months. While exceptions can be considered, complaints filed in an untimely manner are likely to be declined for further review (although both Departments will maintain records of untimely complaints for audit purposes and in order to effectively manage personnel).