Police complaints are just one of the ways that we can assist you in holding police forces and officers to account for their actions. Complaints are normally pursued alongside claims for compensation; however they can be brought in their own right, in any situation where you believe you have been mistreated by the police; where you seek an apology or disciplinary proceedings against an officer.
Some common areas of complaint are:
The process can be challenging and emotionally demanding, however our experienced and dedicated team of solicitors have specialist knowledge of the process, and can guide you from the initial complaint, to an appeal to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC); and where necessary, a Judicial Review of the IPCC’s decision.
Our team has brought successful complaints in high profile cases, such as the death of Fiona Pilkington; which resulted in misconduct proceedings against officers who failed to investigate her complaints of harassment. They have also secured apologies, for example from Essex Police following their mistreatment of those arrested during the Dale Farm evictions; and from the Metropolitan Police regarding their unlawful arrest of an anti-monarchist demonstrator during the Royal Wedding in 2011.
Our team can also assist in legal challenges to expunge cautions and reprimands that have been issued inappropriately, and to delete personal data (such as DNA, fingerprints and photographs) that has been retained unlawfully.
Our Police complaint specialists are part of our London based actions against police team. We have almost four decades of experience helping clients from around the UK with a wide variety of legal matters. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0808 250 6017 today.