Police Complaints Surgery

Sean Rigg Community Justice Project

DO YOU HAVE A COMPLAINT TO MAKE ABOUT THE POLICE?

RUDE? VIOLENT? RACIST?

Lots of people in London have had bad experiences with the police. Last year nearly seven thousand complaints were made. Many more don’t complain because they don’t know how to go about it, or feel that it won’t amount to anything. That’s not good enough. That’s why we’ve set up the police complaints clinic, a service to guide local people through the police complaints process, and make sure that their voice is heard, leading to real change. Making a complaint can be frustrating and difficult, but it gets a lot easier with the support of our expert volunteers.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO FACE IT ALONE!

The Sean Rigg Community Justice Project has been set up by the London Campaign Against Police and State Violence, and Stop-Watch. We think the police should be held to account when they mistreat and abuse people. Making a complaint about their behaviour when they step out of line is part of this. We can’t take care of your complaint for you, but between us our volunteers have lots of experience of handling police complaints, so we can guide you through making a complaint step by step. We’ll be with you all the way.

The service is completely free! email: slondon.surgery@gmail.com

Last Thursday of every month 6-8pm

27 April

25 May

29 June

27 July

The PACCA TMO

81 Lothian Road

(corner of Patmos Road near Myatt’s Fields)

SW9 6TS


Some other useful legal advice resources:

The Law Society – visit the Law Society’s ‘Find a solicitor‘ page

Civil Legal Advice – visit Civil Legal Advice online, or telephone 0845 345 4345

Law Centres – search for your local Law Centre

Citizens Advice – visit ‘Advice Guide‘ the online advice service, or telephone 08444 111 444 (in England) or 08444 77 20 20 (in Wales)

Advice Now – an independent not-for-profit advice website

How to Appeal – JUSTICE publishes a free guide to the criminal appeal system for prisoners and their families (now out-of- date, but provides a useful overview). You can download a free copy here.


Other campaigns against racism, police violence and harassment

Newham Monitoring Project, helping communities fight racism discrimination and injustice since 1980 (based in Newham).

Release provides a free confidential and non-judgemental information and advice service in relation to drugs and drug laws.

Islamic Human Rights Commission, an advocacy, campaigning and research organisation.