Complaints & Commendations

If we’ve done something well, we’d like to hear about it.  If we fell short of your expectations, we’d like to hear that too.  The BIPD believes It’s important to maintain open dialogue with those we serve and welcome feedback of any kind.  Criticisms are perhaps most important because they help us improve our level of service.

Here's a fill-in form to submit your complaint or commendation.


If you prefer, you can mail a Complaint Form to Joseph Clark, Chief of Police, Bainbridge Island Police Department, 625 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, WA, 98110 or submit via email to policechief@bainbridgewa.gov,

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A few things to know about complaints:

•  All complaints are documented, reviewed by the chief of police, and investigated to the fullest extent possible.

•  Complaints can be submitted anonymously, but if you do not provide your name or contact information, it may hinder us from conducting a complete investigation or reduce our ability to provide follow up regarding complaint disposition.

•  The chief of police assigns an investigator to review the allegation and conduct an investigation, then makes a determination based on the results of that investigation. This determination is called a ’finding.’  Complainants will be notified of findings whenever possible, usually in writing.

• The chief of police reserves the right to give a complaint an incomplete or insufficient disposition based on incomplete, false, or purposefully misleading information.

We do our best to ensure that all complaints are investigated thoroughly, fairly, and consistently, but if you feel the nature of your complaint requires an independent assessment or further inquiry, you may also contact:

Complaint Statistics

If you are looking for information about complaints lodged against the BIPD (officers or policy), that information is published annually in our Professional Standards Report, available here.  For additional information, contact Chief of Police Joseph N. Clark, Jr. or submit a public records request.