Complaints Against the Police
If you have had dealings with the police and are not satisfied with how you were treated, spoken to or the way they are conducting their investigations then you may just want an explanation from the police and the complaint process may be more suitable to your needs.
A police complaint can be made for many reasons and it is important that this is done promptly. Ordinarily you have one year from the date of the incident to make the complaint.
Examples of grounds for police complaints are:
- Been unprofessional in their conduct
- Failed to attend promptly or diligently
- Used unnecessary force
- Caused loss or damage to property
A police complaint can be dealt with in one of 2 ways
- Local resolution
- Local investigation
If you still are not satisfied with the outcome of your police complaint you may be able to appeal to the IOPC.
For more serious complaints e.g. serious injuries then the IOPC may choose to deal with the complaint themselves.
How we can help
Our Civil Liberties specialists act for individuals who have been ill treated at the hands of the police or who have been wrongly caught up in the criminal justice system.
Our team have represented many high profile clients but equally for those who do not receive any publicity at all. Whatever, the nature of your claim, you will receive the same high level of service tailored to your needs.
The team is known nationwide for its expertise and effectiveness and pursuit of claims for damages and complaints against the Police.
If you feel that you have grounds to make a complaint then please contact the civil liberties team who will guide you through the process.
Different levels of legal aid may be available for your case and we always assess new enquiries to see if they are in scope for funding – this will depend on the facts/type of case and means assessment. Wherever a case falls outside of scope we may be able to offer you a fixed fee and/or our hourly rates. All these funding options can be discussed with our new enquiry team.
2 steps to contacting Howells:
We’ll listen carefully to you, clarify what you’re trying to achieve, and then explain if and how we can help you. We will take some initial information and liaise with a legal professional regarding your case. If it looks like we can help, we will book you in for a consultation with a legal professional.