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In this section:
|1. What you can complain about|
|2. How to complain about the police|
|3. What happens to your complaint|
|4. What to do if you're unhappy with the outcome of your complaint|
To make a complaint about the police you need to have witnessed the incident you want to complain about yourself or been directly affected by it.
If you know or suspect that an officer or member of police staff is doing something that does not seem right, please tell us.
You can make a complaint about a police officer, staff member, contractor or volunteer if you:
You can make a complaint about a police officer or member of police staff who, on or off duty:
You can complain about how a police force is run. For example, you can complain about policing standards or policing policy.
There's no time limit for making a complaint about the police, but if you complain about something that happened more than 12 months ago, we'll ask you to tell us why you didn’t complain sooner.
You can't make a complaint about something you've seen the police do on TV or social media or heard about from another person. This is because you haven't witnessed the incident yourself or been directly affected by it. But you can still tell us about your concerns.
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