Who can make a complaint
You can make a complaint if you are a member of the public who:
- Has been the victim of misconduct by a person serving with the police. Misconduct could include a police officer or member of police staff being rude to you or using excessive force. It could also include unlawful arrest or an abuse of your rights
- Was present when the misconduct took place, or close enough to see or hear the misconduct, and as a result suffered loss, damage, distress or inconvenience, or was put in danger or at risk
- Is a friend or relative of the victim of the alleged misconduct, distressed by the effects of the incident on the victim
- Has witnessed the alleged misconduct
- Is acting on behalf of any of the above. Please note that if you would like someone to make a complaint on your behalf, you must give them your consent in writing unless they are from a body such as a Citizens Advice Bureau.