Sheriff's Department

Filing a Complaint with the Sheriff's Department

Difference Between Filing a Complaint with the Office of Independent Review (OIR) and the Orange County Sheriff's Department: 

The Office of Independent Review (OIR): The OIR is an independent entity that ensures transparency and accountability within five county agencies, including the Sheriff's Department. It focuses on identifying systemic issues and specific incidents that pose high risks and potential liabilities. If you would like to file a complaint with the OIR Click Here. 

The Sheriff's Department: The Sheriff’s Department encourages community feedback to improve service quality and thoroughly investigates all complaints against its members to maintain professionalism and conduct standards.

How to File a Complaint with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department: 

To ensure all complaints are thoroughly investigated, follow these steps:

  1. Download the Complaint Form 

    Access the complaint form from the Sheriff's Department website under “Related Files.” 

    Download Form here - Sheriff's How to file a complaint

  2. Complete the Form

    Fill out the form with detailed information about your complaint, including dates, locations, and individuals involved.

  3. Submit the Form

    In Person: Take the form to any Sheriff’s station.

    By Mail: Send the completed form to: 

Orange County Sheriff's Department 

Attention: Internal Investigations Unit

PO Box 449, Santa Ana, CA 92703

Investigation Process:

Complaints can be investigated by the Division Commander or the Internal Investigations Unit.

The department will conduct a complete investigation, including interviewing all involved parties and receive written correspondence within 30 days of the case's disposition.

If you need additional information regarding the Sheriff's Department visit their webpage here