Complaints and Conduct
What is a complaint
A complaint is an expression of dissatisfaction that can cover a whole range of things from policies to behaviour. A lot of policing is highly regulated and there are some rigid frameworks that cover, for example, certain types of complaint about individual officers and staff. Other types of complaint have their own processes. For this reason our complaints policy does not cover:
- matters that have already been fully investigated through the complaints procedure
- anonymous complaints
- complaints about access to information where procedures and remedies are set out in the legislation, e.g. the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Data Protection Act 2018.
If your complaint is about the conduct of the Police and Crime Commissioner or Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner
All complaints about me as Police and Crime Commissioner or my Deputy received by my office will be referred with my Chief Executive's authorisation, to the Police and Crime Panel. This is the body set up by your local councils to oversee some of the functions of the Commissioner and which is responsible for handling complaints about the Commissioner and the Deputy Commissioner.
If your complaint is about an officer of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
The officers that support my work aim to provide a service which is both efficient and fair. However, if you are not satisfied with any service you have received or if you feel you have been treated unfairly you can complain to the Chief Executive and Solicitor, who may deal with this himself or delegate the investigation of the complaint to another officer.
If your complaint is about the conduct of the Chief Executive and Solicitor you should address your concerns directly to me as Commissioner.
You will be informed of the outcome of any investigation and if required any action that has been, or will, take place.
If your complaint is about the personal conduct of the Chief Constable or Temporary Chief Constable
As Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, I am responsible for dealing with complaints about the Chief Constable or Temporary Chief Constable. Your complaint will be assessed by the Chief Executive and staff in my office and you will have a right of appeal about our decisions to the Independent Office for Police Conduct. You can access a the 'Putting Things Right' form here.
If your complaint is about the conduct of any police officer (other than the Chief Constable), police and community support officer, police staff or special constable.
The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 introduced changes to the police complaints system to make sure that complaints are handled at the lowest appropriate level and that the focus is on putting right what a member of the public complains about. This Act provides for me as the Commissioner to ensure that the Chief Constable handles all complaints correctly.
Your complaint may be sent to West Yorkshire Police force or it can be sent to me. You can access the complaint form from - https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/about-us/our-standards/professional-standards.
If your complaint is about the conduct of a Volunteer Independent Custody Visitor
The people who volunteer to make unannounced visits to detainees in police custody to ensure their rights, entitlements and wellbeing needs are being met by West Yorkshire Police aim to provide a scheme which is transparent and fair. However, if you have been detained and were spoken to by a Volunteer Independent Custody Visitor and you are not satisfied with the interaction or feel you have been treated unprofessionally you can complain to the Independent Custody Visiting Scheme Manager via 'Putting Things Right', who may deal with this themselves or delegate the investigation of the complaint to another officer. You can access the 'Putting Things Right' form here.. You will be informed of the outcome of any investigation and if required any action that has been, or will, take place.
For more information on complaints, and to find out who is the appropriate body to deal with your complaint, please read the "Dealing with Complaints" document attached below.
How to send a complaint to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire
You will need to complete the Putting Things Right form which can be posted to you on request, or you can download a copy here.
Once completed this can be:
posted to Putting Things Right, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Ploughland House, 62 George Street, Wakefield, WF1 1DL
sent by email to [email protected]
Click here to view the policy setting out how the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner will deal with any complaints received. (PDF 79kb)
Click here to find out how to make a complaint, including the form to be completed. (Word Document 156kb)
Click here to view the policy setting out how the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner will deal with unreasonably persistent complainants and unreasonable complainant behaviour. (PDF 282kb)