Code of the District of Columbia

§ 5–1102. Purpose.

The purpose of this subchapter is to establish an effective, efficient, and fair system of independent review of citizen complaints against police officers in the District of Columbia, which will:

(1) Be visible to and easily accessible to the public;

(2) Investigate promptly and thoroughly claims of police misconduct;

(3) Encourage the mutually agreeable resolution of complaints through conciliation and mediation where appropriate;

(4) Provide adequate due process protection to officers accused of misconduct;

(5) Provide fair and speedy determination of cases that cannot be resolved through conciliation or mediation;

(6) Render just determinations;

(7) Foster increased communication and understanding and reduce tension between the police and the public; and

(8) Improve the public safety and welfare of all persons in the District of Columbia.