You need to make a complaint to the police force you are complaining about within one year of the incident. Ideally, this should be a written statement with your full name, address and contact information as well as details of the allegation and complaints you are making. The police complaint process can be quite complex so it is beneficial to instruct a specialist solicitor on police conduct. Consult HNK before you make your police complaint and we can review it for you. The purpose of the complaint is to have the particular officer investigated for the complaint that was made.
The force then allocates your complaints to an officer or to the professional standards department to investigate it. It will then be dealt within one of two ways. Local resolution is used in less serious complaints and Local Investigation is used for more serious police complaints where a complaint needs to be investigated further. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the investigation you are given 28 days to appeal the decision.
The civil action against the police is conducted with the purpose of obtaining compensation for mistreatment and/or an admission of liability. Actions against the police are often highly defended so it is highly advised you have an experienced legal team, such as ourselves, to help fight your case for you, if you want a successful outcome.
Our actions against the police and civil liberties solicitors have fought many cases throughout the country and are recognised as leaders in the field of human rights law and actions against the police.
We are proud to offer a no-win-no-fee service, depending on the facts of your case and an initial assessment. This means you won’t have to pay a penny upfront. We also routinely act under private funding and legal expenses policies. Contact us today to find out more.