The Civilian Investigative Panel (CIP), created by City of Miami Ordinance No. 12188, provides for independent and impartial citizens’ oversight of the Miami Police Department.
The powers and duties of the panel are:
- To conduct investigations, inquiries and evidentiary hearings into allegations of police misconduct.
- To make factual determinations, facilitate resolutions and propose recommendations to the City Manager and Chief of Police.
- To review and make recommendations regarding the Miami Police Department’s existing policies and procedures, including training, recruitment and discipline and provide input to the Chief of Police prior to implementation of new or revised policies and procedures.
- To request issuance of subpoenas for the purpose of obtaining evidence from witnesses, production of documents etc., after consultation with the State Attorney and CIP Independent Counsel.
- To issue reports to the Mayor, City Commission, City Attorney, City Manager, Chief of Police and the public.
- The CIP conducts public meetings on every third Tuesday of each month in addition to special and emergency meetings and public hearings. (Please contact the CIP to confirm meeting dates and times.)
The Civilian Investigative Panel (CIP) is charged with conducting independent investigations into Miami police conduct. Anyone may file a complaint concerning a City of Miami police officer. All complaints must be submitted in writing on an official complaint form . A complaint form can be requested from the CIP, Neighborhood Enhancement Team (NET) offices, City of Miami Police Department/Substations or downloaded from the CIP website.
Please fill out the application and mail, fax or take it the CIP office located at :
Civilian Investigative Panel
155 South Miami Avenue,
Miami, FL 33130
Fax: (305) 579-2436
Fax: (305) 400-5028
City Charter Subpart A
Sec. 51. Civilian investigative panel.
The city commission shall, by ordinance, create and establish a civilian investigative panel to act as independent citizens' oversight of the sworn police department, to be:
(A) Composed of an appointee of the chief of police who is not a City of Miami police officer, and exclusively of a number of civilian members to be determined who shall be nominated by the public and appointed by the city commission;
(B) Advised by independent counsel who is a competent member of the Florida Bar with at least seven years membership in the Florida Bar and is generally knowledgeable in municipal law, and appointed by the panel with the approval of the city attorney and with authority to remove by the city attorney;
(C) Staffed with professional personnel including an "Independent Counsel," and operated on an annual approved budget;
(D) Authorized with "subpoena powers" that may only be used upon the approval of the "Independent Counsel" and in "consultation" with the state attorney of Miami-Dade County, further, the CIP may not confer immunity and must advise all city employees appearing before it that no adverse consequences will result from the valid exercise of their right to be free from self incrimination, further, all actions of the CIP shall not interfere with any pending or potential criminal investigation or prosecution; and
(1) Conduct independent investigations of police misconduct,
(2) Review policies of the police department, and
(3) Make recommendations to the city manager and/or directly to the police chief, to which a timely written response shall be received within 30 days.
(Res. No. 01-844, § 2, 8-9-01)