Police and mental health
Explains when you may have contact with the police, what happens if you are arrested and what your rights are if you are taken to the police station.
How can I complain about the police?
If you are unhappy with the way the police treated you, you can:
- make a complaint online via the police website, or
- go to your local police station and ask to see the duty officer.
You should report your concerns within 12 months of the incident. However if you think you’ve been discriminated against you may have to bring a claim within 6 months of the incident (for more information see our legal pages on disability discrimination).
Most complaints will be dealt with by the local police force. You can complain:
- In person at the police station.
- In writing to the police station.
- Online through your local police force’s website. Links to local websites can be found online here.
However, serious complaints will be referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) (formerly called the the Independent Police Complaints Commission).
If you are not happy with the outcome, you will be told about how you can appeal the decision.
This information was published in November 2017.
This page is currently under review. All content was accurate when published.
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