If you were stopped by an NYPD police officer, they may have given you a business card to identify themselves.
The Right to Know Act, in effect as of October 19, 2018, requires police officers to identify themselves by providing their name, rank, command, and shield number to civilians at the beginning of certain interactions, and to provide this information on a business card.
The business card also has information about:
- How to request Body-Worn Camera footage
- How to request police stop information
- How to submit a comment or complaint about the police encounter
The Right to Know Act also requires police officers to explain that searches will not be conducted if a person refuses to provide consent to the search, and that these requests must be documented.
You can get more detailed information about the Right to Know Act and your rights under this law.
Learn more about the Right to Know Act.
To get information about requesting a Stop Report or the release of body camera footage, go to the Police Stops page.
Reporting a Violation of the Right to Know Act
You can submit a comment or complaint about your interaction with the NYPD if you feel the police officer did not follow these guidelines. CCRB will investigate the report, and if it finds that misconduct occurred, they will recommend discipline to the Police Commissioner.
Report police officer misconduct.
In Person or By Mail
Civilian Complaint Review Board
100 Church Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM (No appointment necessary)
CCRB does not investigate complaints against civilian members of the New York Police Department (NYPD), Department of Correction (DOC) Officers, or Port Authority Police Officers.
You can submit City Agency or Worker Feedback if you have a complaint about:
- Civilian members of the NYPD
- DOC Officers
- Crossing Guards
- Traffic, Parking, or School Safety Agents
- 911 Operators
- Agency: Civilian Complaint Review Board
- Division: Complaints Unit
- Phone Number: (800) 341-2272
- Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
- Leave a message after hours and you'll get a call back.