This project was developed by the Invisible Institute, a nonprofit journalism organization based in Chicago, and Do Big Things, a creative services firm. Our partners include CU-CitizenAccess, the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, and Illinois Public Media. This project has been supported in part by the Data-Driven Reporting Project, the Catalyst Grant Program, and Dean Makino.
Complaints are allegations of misconduct filed against a law enforcement officer, by either a citizen, a fellow officer, or their superior. This site displays information about complaints against officers in the Champaign Police Department and the Urbana Police Department.
Complaints against the Champaign Police Department are investigated by CPD’s Office of Professional Standards, which is staffed by police officers. All the information on our site came directly from the Champaign Police Department, theCity of Champaign, and the city of Urbana. We cannot guarantee the data is accurate or complete. If the CPD or UPD did not record a complaint, we do not have that information.
Champaign Police Department policies:
The Urbana Police Department’s Deputy Chief of Police serves as the department’s Internal Affairs Coordinator, according to UPD policy and oversees the internal investigation of complaints, which are conducted either by themselves or another supervisor.
Urbana Police Department policies:
For the Champaign Police Department, complaints must be submitted within 60 days of an incident either on the City of Champaign’s website, by mail, by phone, or in person at CPD headquarters (82 E. University Ave).
For Urbana, complaints must be submitted within 45 days of an incident either on the City of Urbana’s website, or physically in person at the UPD front desk (400 S. Vine St), or at the Urbana Human Relations Office (400 S. Vine St.)
Some examples of use of force include when an officer tackles or physically restrains someone, hits someone with a baton, sprays a chemical weapon, deploys a taser, or displays or shoots a firearm. Use of force is self-reported by Champaign Police officers.
Any time a Champaign Police officer uses force, the officer is required to document it by filing a report describing the incident, and including an explanation about why the officer used force. Our site displays information obtained through those reports, and so we cannot guarantee that this information reflects every time a CPD officer actually used force. If an officer did not file a report, we do not have that information.
The data for this website was obtained from the Champaign Police Department, City of Champaign, Urbana Police Department, and City of Urbana in response to requests made under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. We do not modify or edit this data.
The Champaign Police Department provides access to public records in accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140). Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), residents are entitled to review and obtain copies of records, unless there is an exemption in the statute that protects those records from disclosure.
Through the City of Champaign’s online FOIA Portal, individuals may make a FOIA request to the Champaign Police Department to receive copies of accident reports, police reports, and other records. You may also submit a FOIA request for dispatch tickets from METCAD 9-1-1 through the FOIA Portal. Requests can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, for police files, or email@example.com, for any other city government files.