Atlanta Citizen Review Board

Atlanta Citizen Review Board

The Atlanta Citizen Review Board (ACRB) was established by City Ordinance in 2007 (Amended May 2010). The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that city departments directly responsible for public safety, particularly the Police Department and the Department of Corrections have the proper support of the government and its various agencies. It is designed to provide citizen oversight of misconduct accusations against sworn members of the police and corrections departments in the City of Atlanta. It provides a credible, independent forum where complaints and accusations can be assessed. It is also designed to help prevent future incidents of police or corrections misconduct and abuses of civil rights and to reduce the amount of money needed to satisfy judgments and settlements based on upon allegations of police or corrections misconduct. The ACRB promotes public confidence in law enforcement and lessens the possibility that future incidents of urban unrest will occur. The ACRB is comprised of eleven members, selected from various constituencies throughout the City. The selection process is designed to reflect the diversity and interests of a broad spectrum of the community.

The Office of the Atlanta Citizen Review Board provides a venue for citizens to file formal complaints against sworn members of the Atlanta Police Department and the Atlanta Corrections Department.

The Board is authorized to receive complaints that fall into the following categories:

  • abusive use of language;
  • false arrest;
  • false imprisonment;
  • harassment;
  • use of excessive force;
  • serious bodily injury; or
  • death that is alleged to be the result of the actions of a sworn employee of the Atlanta Police Department or the Atlanta Department of Corrections.


If the Atlanta Citizen Review Board decides to have the matter investigated, the staff investigator will conduct the investigation. After the investigation is deemed complete, the Board may conduct a review of the file or hold a hearing in order to establish findings and recommendations.

Notice of the hearing will be provided to the complainant and the subject officer(s). The complainant as well as the involved officers may be asked to testify.

The Atlanta Citizen Review Board members may deliberate in a closed session; however, their vote will be held in public. The complainant or subject officer(s) may have a representative of his/her choice present during the public hearing.

If you have a concern about the actions or behavior of a city of ATLANTA POLICE or CORRECTIONS OFFICER, contact the ACRB.

Complaints can be accepted by

Phone: 404-865-8622

Email: acrb@atlantaga.gov

Website: http://acrbgov.org/file-a-complaint/

Walk In or Mail to:         

City Hall Tower, Suite 9100

55 Trinity Avenue, SW

Atlanta, GA 30303

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