Submit a Complaint or Commendation

Who can File a Complaint?

Anyone is entitled to file a complaint involving the actions of any Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office employee. A complaint may be made by the person involved, by a friend, family member, or other third party who has knowledge of the incident. A complaint can also be made anonymously.​

Complaint Process

The Internal Affairs Bureau of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office will review, process, and investigate all citizen complaints related to the actions of Sheriff’s Office personnel. When a complaint is received by the Inspector General, it is reviewed and forwarded to the Internal Affairs Bureau. The Inspector General actively monitors complaints of misconduct to ensure they are conducted fairly and thoroughly. Once the investigation is completed, it must then be reviewed by the employee’s chain of command to determine the appropriate findings and actions. Once that is done, you will receive written notification from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office as to the outcome.​

How to File a Complaint of Misconduct:

If you have questions or inquiries that are not related to a complaint of misconduct, please contact the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office non-emergency line at 916-874-5115. 

A complaint of misconduct may be made directly with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office Internal Affairs Bureau or through the Office of Inspector General. A complaint may be filed in person at any Sacramento County Sheriff's Office facility.

Sheriff's Office Internal Affairs Bureau

Office of Inspector General
Or fax completed form to: (916) 854-8973

Information Helpful to the Complaint Investigation:

  • Date, time, and location of incident
  • A thorough and detailed description of what occurred
  • Involved employee's name and badge number or a detailed description
  • The names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses
  • Your full contact information to include name, address, phone number, and email address (you can remain anonymous if you desire)​

          How to Commend an Employee:

          In addition to holding law enforcement personnel accountable for their actions, it is important to recognize employees for their good work and quality service to the citizens of Sacramento County. A commendation can be sent directly to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office or to the Office of Inspector General.​

          Sheriff's Office Internal Affairs Bureau

          Office of Inspector General
          Or fax completed form to: (916) 854-8973