POLICE COMPLAINTS

CLAIMS AGAINST THE POLICE

If you’ve been mistreated by the police, prison service or other public bodies, seeking legal representation is strongly advisable. This is because complaints against the police can be complicated and may not be investigated fully, if at all, without proper legal support.

Here at Satchell Moran Solicitors Limited, we’re proud to offer a wide range of services that support victims of mistreatment or misconduct by those in positions of authority. Our team of specialist lawyers including police complaints solicitors have over 40 years of experience handling the most challenging of claims. We have a longstanding history of successfully holding authorities accountable for abuses of power and always strive to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients.

COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE POLICE CHECKLIST - WHAT CAN WE HELP WITH?

Our expert police complaints solicitors will handle your situation on an individual basis in order to offer the best help and support possible. We tackle a wide range of compensation claims and complaints against the police, so if you feel you’ve been mistreated, mishandled, harassed, abused or assaulted in any way, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Complaints against the police arise from many circumstances. The most common are:

✔ False imprisonment, wrongful arrest, unlawful arrest
✔ Police assault and battery
✔ Accidents/negligence while in prison
✔ Breaches of any human rights
✔ Trespass claims
✔ Malicious prosecution
✔ Unlawful stop and search/unlawful strip search
✔ Taser gun/dog bite injury
✔ Discrimination claims

We’ll advise you in every way possible. For example, if you were arrested unlawfully, any contact between you and the arresting officer or during the custody procedure could well be considered as an assault by a police officer and we’ll defend your rights.

Contact us today for more information about the legal support we offer and find out more about the police complaints procedure.

WHY SATCHELL MORAN SOLICITORS LIMITED?

As a business, we prioritise integrity and have strong moral ethics. We’ll listen to your situation and help you take action against the police in a way that’s fully in-line with the law. Our legal knowledge is second to none and we’ll ensure your civil liberties or human rights are protected from all angles. When you work with us, you can expect:

✔ A dedicated Actions Against the Police team
✔ A strong work ethic to ensure you get the required outcome
✔ Over 40 years of claims against the police experience
✔ An honest, accurate summary of your situation
✔ Free consultation on any potential claim
✔ Possible no win/no fee benefits
✔ Potential access to legal aid

POLICE COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The thought of making a claim against the police can be daunting, but we’re here to help. If you’ve been wronged, standing your corner is essential and we’ll support you every step of the way, so don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’ll conduct a full consultation. And if we’re able to take your claim forward, we’ll start compiling evidence to build a strong case. Most cases will settle out of court, but if you need to go through a trial, we will be by your side.

One thing to keep in mind is that making a complaint against the police is not the same as taking legal action against them. The police complaint you make can undermine your civil claim if you’re not careful, which is why seeking legal help from the very start is a must.

Typically, complaints about the police are made either to the Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) or the Professional Standards Department. Often, only the most serious cases are looked into in detail by the IPCC, such as those that involve death. If you’ve grounds for a civil claim, however, we’ll make sure your case is taken forward in the best way possible.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who can make a claim?

If you think you’ve been subjected to police misconduct, you can make a claim. Claims can also be made on behalf of children or those that lack the mental capacity to instruct solicitors. If an inquest finds that the police or other authority was responsible for the death of a loved one, you can also make a claim.

Are there time limits on making a claim?

Yes. Which is why it’s a good idea to seek professional help as quickly as possible. You’ll have six years to make a claim for wrongful arrest or false imprisonment, but only three years if you’re making a personal injury claim. If you’re making a general complaint against the police, you’ll have one year to do so. Exceptions apply, such as if you’re claiming on someone else’s behalf. As making a claim can be mentally traumatic, getting the ball rolling quickly and leaning on the support of police complaints solicitors is a good idea.

What is the IPCC?

IPCC stands for Independent Police Complaints Commission. This is an independent body setup to deal with complaints against the police force. While anyone can make a complaint, the IPCC only tends to investigate the most serious cases. Complaints not handled by the IPCC should be referred to the Professional Standards Department of the relevant police force. Police conduct can then be looked at in more detail.

Unfortunately, police complaint procedures are often not followed properly which is again why legal advice is necessary.

Who can make a claim?

If you think you’ve been subjected to police misconduct, you can make a claim. Claims can also be made on behalf of children or those that lack the mental capacity to instruct solicitors. If an inquest finds that the police or other authority was responsible for the death of a loved one, you can also make a claim.

Are there time limits on making a claim?

Yes. Which is why it’s a good idea to seek professional help as quickly as possible. You’ll have six years to make a claim for wrongful arrest or false imprisonment, but only three years if you’re making a personal injury claim. If you’re making a general complaint against the police, you’ll have one year to do so. Exceptions apply, such as if you’re claiming on someone else’s behalf. As making a claim can be mentally traumatic, getting the ball rolling quickly and leaning on the support of police complaints solicitors is a good idea.

What is the IPCC?

IPCC stands for Independent Police Complaints Commission. This is an independent body setup to deal with complaints against the police force. While anyone can make a complaint, the IPCC only tends to investigate the most serious cases. Complaints not handled by the IPCC should be referred to the Professional Standards Department of the relevant police force. Police conduct can then be looked at in more detail.

Unfortunately, police complaint procedures are often not followed properly which is again why legal advice is necessary.

Contact Satchell Moran Solicitors Limited today for expert legal support.

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