Police failure to investigate a crime can leave victims feeling let down by the authorities charged with protecting them – as well as extremely distressed at the thought that the perpetrator has got away with the crime.
In cases where police investigation of a crime is inadequate, an innocent person may be arrested and put on trial – and in some cases, the wrong is person convicted for a crime.
In recent years, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has found that, in 18 out of 43 police forces, the standard of crime investigation has been “sub-standard”.
It is usually necessary to make a complaint against the police force involved before a claim for failure to investigate a crime can be made – complaints have to be made within 12 months of the incident and therefore it is important to contact Duncan Lewis Action Against Public Authorities Solicitors as soon as possible for advice on making an initial complaint and claiming compensation from the police.
If the police’s response to the complaint is unsatisfactory, it is possible to appeal to the Independent Office of Police Conduct (formerly Independent Police Complaints Commission– and then, if necessary, to seek Judicial Review of the that decision. .
The process can be lengthy and stressful and a Duncan Lewis Action Against Public Authorities Solicitor will offer clear advice on the procedures involved – as well as drafting the initial letter of complaint and subsequent correspondence, drafting details of any claim, and pursuing the claim on behalf of a client.
Duncan Lewis may be able to secure legal aid, or to offer a no win no fee arrangement for complaints and claims involving police failure to investigate an offence – or, alternatively, competitively-priced fixed fees, hourly rates, or After the Event Insurance (ATE).
For expert legal advice on Actions Against the Police and Police Failure to Investigate an Offence, call Duncan Lewis Action Against Public Authorities Solicitors in confidence on 0333 772 0409.