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Find out below what to expect at the end of the complaints process and how to appeal the outcome if you need to.
Please note, this information is for anyone who made a complaint before 1 February 2020.
In the case of local resolution, an officer or staff member could provide you with an explanation, offer an apology and identify learning to prevent the same thing happening in the future.
For any outcome, we’ll provide a summary of what we did, what we found and how we reached our conclusions. We’ll also include:
Finally, we’ll let you know any follow-on actions, such as:
An appeal is a review of how the investigation into your complaint was completed. Where an appeal is made we don’t reinvestigate the complaint itself. Following a review, you'll always be told if the appeal has been upheld or not.
If you’re unhappy with the outcome of your complaint, you might be able to appeal. At the end of our investigation, we’ll let you know how to submit an appeal and when you need to do it by.
Your appeal will be dealt with by the Independent Appeals Officer, who is a senior police officer, independent to the officers concerned in the complaint.
In some instances your appeal will be dealt with by the Independent Office for Police Conduct, for instance if your appeal is against a senior officer or was an investigation carried out by the PSD.
You can complete an appeal against the police investigation into your complaint quickly and easily, using either our online forms or downloadable versions.
Appeal against an outcome of an investigation into a complaint
Appeal against a local resolution outcome
Appeal against a decision to stop dealing with my complaint ('disapplied')
Please note: all appeals must be received within 28 days of the day after the date of the letter from the Professional Standards Department providing you with the outcome of your complaint. This includes the time your letter spends in the post.