LEMIO

The Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office, or LEMIO, seeks to protect the safety and civil rights of New Yorkers by identifying and addressing systemic law enforcement misconduct.  Created by Executive Law 75, LEMIO has statewide jurisdiction over New York’s 500+ local law enforcement agencies and a broad mandate to investigate patterns and practices of wrongdoing, examine departmental policies and procedures, make recommendations for reform, and publicly report its findings.

Executive Law 75 also requires law enforcement officers and employees to report information about wrongdoing to LEMIO, and requires the heads of law enforcement agencies to refer to LEMIO instances in which an officer or employee is subject to five or more complaints within a two year period for supplemental investigation.

If you are an officer or employee subject to Executive Law 75(5)(a) or a member of the public with information regarding law enforcement misconduct, you may report that information through our online complaint portal.

We strongly encourage that information regarding misconduct be reported directly to the law enforcement agency involved before that information is reported to LEMIO.  Please be aware that the LEMIO is required to inform law enforcement agencies of complaints involving their personnel unless we determine that special circumstances require confidentiality.

What happens after a complaint is filed? 

Your complaint will be reviewed by our staff to evaluate whether sufficient basis exists for action by the Office of the Attorney General. The complaint will also be forwarded to the law enforcement agency involved unless we determine that special circumstances require confidentiality. In addition, should we find that the matter is better suited to another agency or another bureau within the Office of the Attorney General, we will forward it to the appropriate office. Please note that, as a matter of course, complainants are not notified of progress regarding their complaint or the status of the complaint, as it could interfere with the investigative and/or law enforcement processes.