Complaints about the police

This page looks at how you can complain about the police and what happens when you make a complaint. There is also information about what you can do if you are still not happy with the outcome of your complaint.


There are a number of reasons why you may want to complain about the police. For example, you may feel that staff did not allow you all your rights.

  • If you want to complain, you should do this as soon as possible after it happened. The police may not investigate if you complain about something that happened more than twelve months ago.
  • You should complain directly to the police first.
  • If you are not happy with how the police deal with your complaint, you can appeal.
  • You may be able to get support with making a complaint about the police.


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