Police negligence complaints and claims can involve a wide range of circumstances – and it is essential to seek expert legal advice if considering making a complaint about police negligence.
Incidences of police negligence might involve failure to investigate a crime properly, death in custody, or failure to follow procedures.
Although the police are charged with protecting life and property, police negligence can cause immense distress and wreck people’s lives.
Many people may feel that taking on the police and making a complaint will only make matters worse – however, there is a Police Code of Conduct that police officers must follow and any failings which result in injury or cause damage to reputation should be reported.
The Code of Conduct for Police Officers states:
This Code sets out the principles which guide police officers’ conduct. It does not seek to restrict officers’ discretion: rather, it aims to define the parameters of conduct within which that discretion should be exercised. However, it is important to note that any breach of the principles in this Code may result in action being taken by the organisation, which, in serious cases, could involve dismissal.
The police also have to abide by a Code of Ethics to reduce unprofessional behaviour.
Duncan Lewis Action Against Public Authorities Solicitors can advise those who have suffered injury as a result of police negligence on how to make a formal complaint to the police force involved.
There is a 12-month time limit for making complaints, unless there is a good reason for the delay.
Claims against the police for negligence must be made within three years of the incident.
Duncan Lewis can also advise on referring a police complaint to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (formerly known as the IPCC) – as well as applying for Judicial Review of any police or IOPC decision.
Duncan Lewis may be able to secure legal aid, or to offer a no win no fee arrangement for advising on police complaints and claims – with competitively priced rates for privately funding a claim or After the Event (ATE) insurance, if either legal aid is unavailable or where a no win no fee basis is not possible.
For expert legal advice on Actions Against the Police and Police Negligence, call Duncan Lewis Action Against Public Authorities Solicitors in confidence on 0333 772 0409.