How to Make a Complaint Against the Police
In this article, we’ll discuss the reasons why a person may wish to take action against the police, including making a claim against the police and filing a complaint – plus, we’ll investigate the difference between the two.
Taking action against the police, can it be done?
All police officers and police organisations are bound to a code of ethics and rules laid out by the law. If you feel that the police have broken this code in any way, or have subjected you to malicious prosecution, then you could have a case.
Depending on the situation, you may wish to make a claim against the police for monetary compensation (e.g. wrongful arrest, false imprisonment, injuries suffered at the hands of the police), or alternatively, you may wish to lodge a complaint (which may result in disciplinary action).
What can you claim against the police for?
There are a number of reasons why you may wish to make a complaint or claim against the police.
Perhaps you’ve been a victim of police discrimination or police assault?
Both instances would fall under the umbrella of a serious breach of conduct and likely lead to a full investigation.
Who deals with a complaint against the police?
To raise an issue against the police, you will need to file a serious conduct complaint, which will then be dealt with the IPCC, otherwise known as the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Serious conduct complaints
Serious conduct complaints often require a full investigation into the matter and can result in disciplinary action. For example, a police officer being rendered unfit for duty and suspended or dismissed if they were found to be guilty of misfeasance in public office.
The Independent Complaints Commission will always deal with serious conduct complaints of this nature.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is an independent government body that investigates serious conduct complaints and actions brought against the police.
Our specialist actions against the police solicitors can advise you on the severity of your case and can provide legal support and guidance throughout the claims process.
How can you report a police officer who is unfit for duty?
There are various claims you can make against the police. Some are more serious than others, but it’s important to note that all are equally as important.
Making a claim against the police be a long, lengthy and complex process, which is why it’s important to seek legal advice or representation from a solicitor with an expert background in actions against the police cases, as they will need to be sensitively handled.
Remember, you should make a claim against the police if you wish to seek compensation for damages to personal property.
Will the police know who I am if I make a complaint?
It is possible to make a claim or complaint against the police anonymously, as this is an issue that can largely discourage individuals from taking legal action. However, doing so could hinder the success of your case.
The IPCC may feel they do not have enough adequate information to investigate a complaint further. That being said, however, there are instances when a person may receive anonymity, such as sexual assault cases.
Is there a time limit on actions or complaints against the police?
If you’re planning to take action against the police, take note that there are time limits.
The time limit depends on the type of claim or complaint.
Discrimination actions are valid within six months of the incident happening, whereas assault actions are valid for three years for personal injury, or six years otherwise.
How much is a lawsuit against the police? The cost of making a claim
Making a claim against the police can be costly. It is always worth taking the potential legal fees for claiming against the police by seeking advice from one of our solicitors.
Fortunately, you can make a case against the police with the help of DPP Law.
You may even qualify for free legal aid, providing you’re unemployed, have a low income or other high financial commitments.
Alternatively, why not get in touch with an experienced member of our team for helpful legal advice and guidance?