Misfeasance in Public Office

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Police officers are trusted to protect all members of the community, and so any breach of this trust must be taken extremely seriously. If a law enforcer appears to be guilty of misconduct in public office by abusing their power or acting inappropriately towards any member of the public, this should be reported immediately, and legal action should be taken. 

DPP Law’s solicitors specialise in taking legal action against the police, and can assist you in making a claim of misfeasance in public office by putting together your case and representing you in court.

If you can access electronic or hard copies of any communication you may have had with the officer or officers in question that provide evidence of the behaviour you wish to report, it’s likely that the case we build with you will be much stronger. 

There are no precise guidelines for the level of compensation you may be able to claim for police misfeasance, but DPP clients have previously achieved amounts in excess of £25,000. 

DPP Law can assist you in making a claim if a police officer has:

  • Dismissed your concerns
  • Purposefully and maliciously refused to respond to your requests
  • Behaved violently, aggressively or insultingly towards you
  • Made advances of a sexual nature towards you or anyone you know,

In 2013, a West Mercia police officer, Jordan Powell, was jailed after abusing his position to engage in the sexual exploitation of a young girl known as “Clare”. DPP Law’s Iain Gould brought the case for misfeasance against Powell and achieved £25,000 worth of compensation, plus expenses, for “Clare”. 

What is misfeasance in public office?

This term refers to an action taken by a public officer who has knowingly abused their authority or power or behaved recklessly or indifferently to any official limits to that power. It may also refer to either an action or a lack of action that is intended to harm an individual or group or with the knowledge that the individual or group would probably be harmed, or with indifference to their wellbeing. 

What is the difference between nonfeasance and misfeasance?

Nonfeasance refers to a purposeful, malicious or reckless lack of action taken by a person with authority that causes harm to another person, while misfeasance refers to an action that is undertaken maliciously or recklessly with the same result. 

As your legal representatives and advisors, DPP Law can offer you:

  • Trustworthy 24 hour specialist legal advice, counsel and support
  • More than 30 years’ of experience
  • Clarity and transparency throughout

If you believe that a law enforcement official has abused their power in a way that breaches their duty of care towards you, you may have a strong case for any number of misfeasance claims. Find out how you can pursue this by getting in touch with DPP Law’s expert solicitors today.

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