Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office
The Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office (LEMIO) protects New Yorkers’ safety and civil rights by preventing and remedying misconduct by law enforcement professionals.
LEMIO has jurisdiction over New York’s more than 500 local law enforcement agencies. LEMIO investigates wrongdoing, examines departmental policies and procedures, makes recommendations for reform, and publicly reports its findings.
LEMIO was created by Executive Law 75, which also imposed two new requirements on law enforcement agencies:
- Agency personnel must report wrongdoing to LEMIO (Executive Law 75(5)(a)).
- If an agency has five or more complaints about its personnel within two years, the agency must refer the instance to LEMIO (Executive Law 75(5)(b)).
Report information about misconduct through our online complaint form. This form can be used by members of the public, as well as law enforcement officers and employees who are subject to Executive Law 75(5)(a).
Before you report misconduct to LEMIO, please report it to the involved law enforcement agency. LEMIO is required to inform agencies of allegations involving their personnel unless we determine that special circumstances require confidentiality.
We will carefully consider the information you provide. We will use your information to guide our investigative and enforcement activity. Every report we receive provides helpful input that helps guide our work, although we are unable to fully investigate each report.
We will forward your submission to the agency involved unless special circumstances require confidentiality. We may share your submission with other local, state, or federal agencies, as appropriate.
We may ask you to provide additional information as needed.
Please note that we typically will not update you on actions we have taken regarding your submission.