|Major Jose Fernandez
The Internal Affairs Division is responsible for safeguarding the
integrity of the City of Miami and the Miami Police Department, as well
as the rights of all citizens within the area of jurisdictional responsibility.
The Division is also responsible for safeguarding departmental members
against malicious and untruthful allegations of misconduct. Four
units fall under the umbrella of Internal Affairs: Administration, Anti-Corruption, Internal Investigations and Staff Inspections.
1000 NW 62 Street
Miami, FL 33150
400 NW 2 Avenue
Miami, FL 33128
2200 Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33135
5040 NW 7 Street, 9th Floor
Miami, FL 33126
Civilian Investigative Panel (CIP)
970 SW 1 Street #305
Miami, FL 33130
A citizen can file a formal complaint by letter, telephone, or in person at any of the listed locations.
The complaint can be taken by any police supervisor, made directly to the Internal Affairs Section, or made to the Civilian
Investigative Panel (CIP). All complaints against employees of the Miami Police Department are investigated and/or documented.
An annual statistical summary of all Internal Affairs investigations is available to the public in the Internal Affairs office.
Once the complaint is received, it will be forwarded to the Internal Affairs Section where it will be processed
and classified. Once classified, the complaint will be forwarded to the appropriated division for investigation. The Internal Affairs
Section will monitor all investigations. If a crime has been alleged, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office will be contacted to
determine if criminal charges should be filed. You will be notified via certified letter who will be responsible for the investigation.
During the investigation, statements will be taken from you, the witness(es), and the subject employee(s). All
reasonable leads will be investigated. Employee investigations remain confidential until finalized. No participant including complainants,
investigated employees, investigators, or witnesses will disclose any information regarding the investigation until conclusion of the
investigation. The complexity of the case will determine the amount of time needed to complete the investigation (days, weeks, or months).
Once the investigation is completed, you will be notified via certified letter as to the result of the investigation.
There are five possible findings:
Exonerated - The investigation clearly and factually shows that the alleged complaint(s) did not occur;
or the investigation clearly and factually shows that the alleged complaint(s) did not constitute any violation of policy, orders, or laws and the employee(s) are exonerated;
or the investigation clearly and factually shows that the employee(s) used necessary force in accordance with policy, orders, and law and their action(s) are justified.
Not Sustained - The investigation cannot clearly and factually show that the alleged complaint(s) occurred, and the investigation cannot clearly and
factually show that the alleged complaint(s) did not occur.
Sustained - The investigation clearly and factually shows that the alleged complaint(s) constitute violations of policy, orders, and/or law.
Unsupported - A complaint has been filed. An investigation cannot proceed due to insufficient information, and/or the complainant cannot be contacted.
The case may be reopened at a future date, when new or additional information is received.
Withdrawn - Complainant voluntarily elected to withdraw his/her complaint.
If an employee is found to have acted improperly, the appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. Although
we cannot guarantee that you will be satisfied with the outcome, we do guarantee that your inquiry/complaint
will be thoroughly investigated. Should you have any questions, please contact the lnternal Investigations
Division at (305) 835-2000.
Click Here to download the Citizen Complaint Form.
Click Here to file a Complaint On-Line.