Compliments & Complaints
We are continually striving to offer the best possible service
to the community we serve, and we welcome feedback from you to tell
us how we are doing.
Your views are important to us.
We hope you will be pleased with the service you receive from us
and encourage you to tell us so.
Feedback about what we have done well helps us to understand how
we have met your needs and can continue to do so.
However if you are not satisfied with the service you have
received from us or are unhappy with the conduct of a police
officer or member of police staff, you can make a complaint.
Registering your dissatisfaction helps us see where and why we
have failed to meet the high standards of service you expect from
us. It allows us to learn from our failings and improve the service
we provide to the community.
You can make a complaint about:
- The service delivery of Essex Police - for
example, you are dissatisfied with the level of service you have
received from an officer or member of staff.
- The inappropriate conduct of a police officer
or member of police staff - for example, you believe that an
officer has behaved incorrectly or unfairly.
You can make a complaint about the conduct of an officer or
police staff if:
1. You have been the victim of misconduct by any member of Essex
2. You have witnessed or been affected by misconduct
3. You are a friend, relative or representative of the victim of
Making a complaint or compliment
You can make a complaint in the following ways:
- In person at any police station
- By phone on 101 or alternatively, 01245 491491
- Online or by e-mail
- By fax on 01245 452158
- In writing to:
Professional Standards Department
Essex Police Headquarters,
If your complaint relates to a local crime or anti-social behavior
issue, you can also contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team in person, by phone or
You can also register a complaint with the Independent Police Complaints
Commission (IPCC), a
statutory body who may manage an investigation or, in some cases,
conduct the enquiry itself.
If you chose to make a complaint, you need to provide us with as
much information as possible, including:
- Your name, address and contact details
- What happened and when
- Who was involved
- What was said or done
- Details of any witnesses
- Whether any damage or injury took place.
What happens next?
Once you have made your complaint, it will be assessed and
acknowledged. To help us fully resolve the matter, we will then
discuss with you how your concerns will be handled, provide you
with an opportunity to talk in person to someone about it, and
agree with you what will be done and how quickly.
If your complaint is about dissatisfaction with the service
delivery of Essex police, then it will be resolved locally by the
officers and staff in your area with oversight from our central
Customer Services Team.
If your complaint is about the conduct of a police officer or
member of police staff, then it will be managed by the Professional
Standards Department and dealt with in one of three ways:
1. Details of your concern may be sent to the policing area or
department it relates to where the issue will be dealt with either
on the telephone or in writing if possible.
2. If that’s not possible a member of staff may meet with you to
complete a complaint form and draw up a 'local resolution' which is
an action plan aimed at resolving your complaint within 28
If you are still unhappy following the outcome you have the
right to appeal to the IPCC.
3. If a local resolution is not appropriate or you do not agree
to the process, your concern may be investigated by an appointed
officer or member of staff in the relevant area or department.
If your complaint is so serious that it cannot be dealt with in
either of the ways outline above, it will be investigated by the
Professional Standards Department.
We aim to investigate within 120 days and will send you a report
detailing the outcome including, if appropriate, details of
disciplinary action to be taken against staff.
If you are still unhappy you have the right to appeal to the