The newly established Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) is an independent office within the Richmond Police Department (RPD) that is committed to insuring that our employees provide the best service, individually and collectively, to the public. As part of our commitment to provide trusted, fair, and a neutral accountability system, a civilian Manager was hired on March 28, 2016, to oversee all of the functions of OPA including police internal investigations. This model of oversight is rare in the Nation because it places a civilian in the role to make independent and trusted findings to the Chief of Police as a result of internal investigations completed by police Sergeants.
Our mission is to constantly improve and achieve a more trusted and transparent accountability system. In order to do this, OPA focuses on six areas: