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Updated by Max Mitrovic on 13th May 2022. Welcome to our guide about police negligence claims, where we’ll explain how you could be entitled to police negligence compensation and how to claim it.

The Police are one of the many public authorities that are supposed to be there to uphold the law and to remove those who aren’t law-abiding off of our streets to keep our society a safe one. However, unfortunately, there are some Police officers who abuse their position and may act inappropriately or illegally in connection with their official duties. With the power of mobile devices and social media, people are now able to record and show such acts and subsequent police negligence claims appear to be on the rise.

Police misconduct regulations clearly need to be addressed and measures put into place to reduce the chances of it occurring. There are many types of Police misconduct, and if you feel you have been mistreated, then we can assist you in claiming personal injury compensation. Read on further for more information about police negligence claims.

Police Negligence Claims

There are a range of reasons why you may wish to make police negligence claims against a police officer or police force. If you’re unsure whether you could have a valid case for compensation, here are some common examples of police misconduct:

  • Malicious prosecution
  • Wrongful arrest or false imprisonment
  • Excessive force or assault including the use of Taser guns
  • Breaches against Human Rights

Whatever circumstances you want to claim for, we’re here to help. We have a panel of specialist solicitors with more than 30 years of experience on hand to handle your claims on a No Win No Fee basis. So, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today for a no-obligation initial consultation and some free legal advice. All you need to do is call us on 0800 073 8804. You can also contact us regarding potential claims against the police through our website or by using the Live Chat window that is now on your screen. 

Continue reading to learn how our police negligence solicitors could help you receive compensation.

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Police Negligence

Police Negligence

Police negligence and misconduct can often have a lasting impact on a person’s life. Whether you’re assaulted by an officer in the UK physically or verbally, been discriminated against or perhaps been the victim of a miscarriage of justice, you can make police negligence claims.

This guide informs you of everything you need to know about claims made for police negligence compensation, what to do if you are a victim of police misconduct, and how to begin launching your police misconduct claims.

What is Police Misconduct?

Before we look at police negligence claims, let’s ensure we know what police negligence or misconduct is.

The term ‘Police misconduct’ is used when a Police officer abuses their position of authority and violates their rights as a Police officer, engaging in inappropriate and/or illegal activity. Often this can include instances such as discrimination and obstruction of justice.

Police misconduct can range from mild to more severe forms of corrupt behaviour but are all against their moral and legal duties as an officer. Examples are that a Police officer may misuse their badge/ID to get discounts or gain entry into places, or they may be on duty under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

This could lead to you seeking police compensation because their intoxication, for instance, led them to act in an aggressive or inappropriate way towards you, causing some form of injury.

Other examples are:

  • Police brutality
  • assault
  • intimidation
  • discrimination
  • false arrest and imprisonment
  • witness tampering.

All of these incidents can lead to claims against the police. You can potentially claim for both physical and psychological injuries caused by police negligence. Incidents such as the ones listed above can have lasting impacts on your well-being. Please continue reading to learn how to prove a personal injury claim against the police.

What is Police negligence?

Police negligence relates to when there is a lack of care, diligence and urgency in their duties which result in mistakes being made and ending with a negative outcome. In some cases, Police negligence can have devastating repercussions that could be avoided if they acted more conscientiously and with more consideration of the situation they are dealing with.

If you are thinking of suing the UK Police for negligence, give us a call and we will help and advise you in any way we can. We have Police negligence solicitors that can work on your claim and get you the compensation that you deserve.

How To Prove A Personal Injury Claim Against The Police

If you have been the victim of Police misconduct, it is extremely important to take certain steps in order to gather as much evidence as you can to support your police negligence claims. This section will show how to prove a personal injury claim against the police. This may include the following :

  • Witnesses contact information – Were there any witnesses to the incident? If so, it is vital to get their name, address and telephone number so that you can obtain a statement from them. Having witness statements can really strengthen your case when launching a claim.
  • Write everything down – Before too much time has passed, write everything down that you can remember regarding the incident, such as time and date, what actually happened, where it happened, anything at all that you can think of no matter how small you feel it is.
  • Visit a medical professional – If the incident was of a physical nature such as if a Police officer hits you, then of course you should get any injuries sustained looked at by a doctor put into a medical report. Also though, if you have suffered mentally through Police misconduct, then this also needs to have a medical report.
  •  Proof of expenses – You should keep proof of any expenses you have had as a direct result of the incident. Such expenses could be for loss of earnings, counselling, prescription fees, travelling costs and childcare costs. As long as they have occurred due to the incident of Police misconduct, you can include them in your police negligence claims.
  • Photos – Depending on the nature of the Police misconduct, it may be useful to take photos of where the incident took place, or if a witness has recorded anything on a mobile device, get a recording of it. Also photos of any injuries you may have sustained would be a big help too.

How to begin a Police negligence or misconduct claim

Police Misconduct

Police Misconduct

Assaulted by the police in the UK? What happens if a Police officer assaults you? Can you sue a Cop for assault? These may be some of the questions you are asking yourself after being a victim of Police misconduct in the UK. Or maybe you have suffered as a result of Police negligence and don’t know how to go about making a compensation claim. Well don’t worry, all you need to do is contact us and we will help you every step of the way to make sure you receive the payout you deserve via legal aid.

When we receive your call, we will provide you with a free consultancy session. This will give you the opportunity to ask as many questions as you need regarding making your police misconduct claim. Furthermore, it gives us the chance to get some information from you too so that we can understand your situation and advise you in the best way we can. We can also arrange for you to have a local medical if needed at no extra cost to you.

Then on your command, we will launch your police negligence claims on a No Win No Fee basis. What this means is that you will only be charged legal fees if your case is a success, and so you have no need to worry about any surprise legal bills! Please read further on in our guide to find out more about No Win No Fee personal injury claims.

I work as a Police officer, can I claim against the Police for negligence?

You can also seek police compensation if you work for the police. If you are a Police officer and have witnessed Police negligence you can make a claim. If it is you that has suffered due to negligence such as being injured whilst at work, then you have the right to make a claim.

Just give us a call and we will advise and help you in any manner that we can to make sure you get the payout you deserve from your police negligence claims.

What can be claimed for after Police misconduct?

There are a variety of different things you can claim if you’ve been a victim of Police misconduct. These are some of the things you can claim for as part of police negligence claims:

  • General damages – this relates to the amount of police negligence compensation you will receive for your injuries and the pain and suffering you have endured.
  • Care claim – This refers to money you can claim if you have required assistance around the home whilst you recover. Also, the person who has cared for you will be able to make a claim.
  • Loss of earnings – You are able to claim for any loss of earnings that you have lost as a direct result of Police misconduct, as well as loss of any future income.
  • Travel expenses – These include any expenses going to and fro hospital, counselling etc, and also any vehicle adaptions you may have required or any alternative travelling arrangements you may have needed to make.
  • Medical bills This will cover medical bills such as prescription fees, counselling fees, cost of treatment.

What happens at a Police misconduct hearing?

Hearings for police negligence are held in public places for openness and transparency. Anybody can attend a misconduct hearing as long as they are over 18 years of age. They are usually in a room where the facts are presented to a panel, very much like in court, and often witnesses are present to give their account of what occurred.

The officer is given the opportunity to give their version of events and a chance to explain their conduct and the circumstances surrounding the allegation against them.

If an officer is found guilty of gross misconduct, the following outcomes can occur depending on the circumstances :

  • Dismissed with or without notice.
  • Written warning.
  • Final written warning.
  • Management advice.
  • No further action.

To prevent officers that have been dismissed being able to gain further employment as a Police officer with any other force in the UK, they may also be placed on the Disapproved Register. If you would like to claim using our No Win No Fee police negligence solicitors, contact us at a time that works for you.

Can I sue the Police for emotional distress?

If you have suffered emotionally and psychologically as a result of being involved in an act of Police misconduct or negligence, then you can make police negligence claims. Emotional scars very often take much longer than physical scars to heal and can have a huge impact on your well-being and ability to cope day-to-day.

If you feel this is you, then contact us straight away and our trained professionals can help you with care and empathy to get the police negligence compensation payout that you deserve.

Can I sue the Police for failure to protect?

The Police are there to ‘protect and serve’ and in their duty to the safety of civilians should be their prime concern. If the police failing to protect is due to misconduct, you could be entitled to make police negligence claims for compensation.

To determine if you have a potentially valid claim, our specialised police negligence solicitors will assess the evidence you have to determine the likelihood of you receiving compensation. You could receive police compensation if you can prove that negligence from the police resulted in your injury.

A Police officer assaulted me, can I claim compensation?

Whether you are a member of the general public, or a fellow Police officer and you are assaulted by a Police officer then you can make police negligence claims.

You may be able to claim police negligence compensation directly from the officer who committed the assault or you may be able to make police negligence claims, this would all depend on the circumstances of the incident. By calling us, we can discuss all the details during your free consultancy session to determine the best way to get the best possible outcome for you.

The most common types of Police misconduct

There are a number of types of Police misconduct, the most common are as follows :

  • A wrongful arrest or false imprisonment

Being arrested or detained by the Police can be a very intimidating and frightening experience especially when done unlawfully or with unnecessary aggression. If you have been wrongfully arrested or been a victim of false imprisonment, then our experienced solicitors could help you to claim compensation from the Police.

We could help you with issues such as:

  • Being held in custody without any form of an explanation.
  • Being assaulted by Police in the UK.
  • Having been arrested without reasonable grounds.

We place a lot of trust in the Police to make the right decisions and act responsibly considering the amount of power they have. When they arrest someone, they can only do so if they have reasonable grounds to believe that they are guilty of committing an offence. Examples of this may be:

  • Having information about a person’s involvement in criminal activity that is reliable.
  • Evidence that proves that a particular person was at the scene of a crime when it occurred.

‘Reasonable grounds’ simply means that if the arresting officer gave the same information to someone else to look at, then that person would come to the same conclusion as the officer which would validate his / her reason for making an arrest or detaining someone. However, the Police officers should always explain to you the reasons for their actions and why they have arrested you or are detaining you so that you fully understand what is happening and why.

When making an arrest, the Police must follow certain protocol. They must:

  • Identify themselves to you as the Police.
  • Explain what crime they believe you have committed.
  • Tell you that they are arresting you.

Even when someone is suspected of committing a crime, they have a right to fair treatment, and the Police have to be very careful not to disregard their rights by using their power to intimidate or hurt someone.

  • Malicious prosecution

When someone has been falsely charged with a crime they did not commit, due to someone else’s deliberate wrongdoing, this is known as malicious prosecution. Being falsely charged is awful in itself, but knowing that someone did it on purpose makes it even harder to deal with, and can have a devastating effect on your life.

Malicious prosecution is not just simply being wrongly accused and so there must be evidence of deliberate malice as proof that the Police or other prosecuting authority are guilty of unlawful wrongdoing.

If you have been the victim of malicious prosecution, our expert solicitors can help you to claim police negligence compensation. Some examples of malicious prosecution that may have happened to you are:

  • False accusations such as being accused of assaulting an officer, when in actual fact it was them that assaulted you.
  • Evidence being fabricated against you.
  • Evidence being used without a full investigation being insubstantial.

If any of the above happened to you, compensation could be awarded to you for the damage to your reputation and also the legal costs incurred in defending yourself against malicious prosecution.

  • Excessive force or assault including the use of Taser guns

Police have been allowed to carry Taser guns since 2003. A huge amount of responsibility comes with carrying weapons. The Police must use the correct procedure when using them and only use them when absolutely necessary.

When faced with a serious threat of violence, the Police are allowed to use their Tasers if they consider it to be reasonable and proportionate to the threat that they face. However, we have to place a lot of trust in their judgement of what is deemed a serious threat and how much force is reasonable.

It can be a frightening experience getting arrested or being restrained, but if a weapon is used, it can be terrifying, particularly if the weapon is being used inappropriately or without just cause. During peaceful protests, there have been many reports of people being injured by the use of a Taser on them, even when they have already been arrested and put in handcuffs.

If you or a loved one have been a victim of Taser misuse which has resulted in an injury, we have highly experienced personal injury solicitors that specialise in police negligence claims and can help you to get the police negligence compensation you deserve.

Tasers can have both physical and psychological effects that often are very serious, such as :

  • Heart attack – particularly if someone already has an existing heart condition.
  • Emotional trauma.
  • Respiratory problems.
  • Breaches against Human Rights

The Human Rights Act of 1998 sets out the primary rights and freedoms that everyone in the UK is entitled to. The Police, councils, schools and local authorities all have a moral and legal obligation to ensure that these rights are not violated.

Human rights have some impact on every area of our lives. Some of the main points of human rights are :

  • The right to life.
  • The right to have privacy.
  • Access to healthcare, treatments and medication.
  • Freedom against harassment or discrimination.

If you feel that you have suffered an infringement of your human rights, then call us and we will give you a free consultation session. We work on a No Win No Fee basis and our team is ranked in the leading claims directories. Speak to us about how this could influence your police negligence claims.

The Latest Police Compensation Payouts In The UK

If you’re able to prove that your injury was a result of police negligence, you may be able to receive compensation. There are two separate heads of claim: general damages and special damages.

The amount of general damages you can receive from a successful claim depends on factors including:

  • The severity of your injury
  • How long it will take for you to recover
  • Whether any permanent symptoms were caused

The Judicial College compiles guideline compensation amounts for different types of injuries. Solicitors and other legal professionals can use these guideline figures to help them calculate the value of claims.

The figures below are taken from the sixteenth edition of the Judicial College Guidelines, published in April 2022. The figures below only relate to claims made in England and Wales.

Reason for CompensationTypical compensation amountComments
Severe psychiatric damage£54,830 to £115,730The claimant will have extreme problems with their ability to cope with work, family and friend's relations and everyday life. Treatment will be a long and slow process and the prognosis for complete recovery is poor.
Moderately severe psychiatric damage£19,070 to £54,830As with the above but with a slightly more positive prognosis.
Moderate psychiatric damage£5,860 to £19,070The claimant will still have problems with future vulnerability and their ability to cope, however prognosis will be good and there will be a marked improvement before the first trial.
Less severe psychiatric damage£1,540 to £5,860The length of the period of disability will be considered when determining the amount of compensation awarded, as well as the extent to which sleep and daily activities were affected.
Severe post-traumatic stress disorder£59,860 to £100,670In cases where Police misconduct or negligence has resulted in PTSD and will affect the claimant's ability to function in the long term.
Moderate post traumatic stress disorder£8,180 to £23,150In cases where Police misconduct or negligence has resulted in PTSD and will affect the claimant's ability to function in the medium term.
Less severe post traumatic stress disorder£3,950 to £8,180In cases where Police misconduct or negligence has resulted in PTSD and will affect the claimant's ability to function in the short term.

Please remember that the figures above are not guarantees for what you could receive. Every claim is unique meaning that the amount you receive could differ from the amounts listed above.

When suing the police for negligence, you may also be able to claim special damages. They seek to reimburse any financial losses you’ve suffered due to your injury. You may be able to claim for losses like loss of earnings, travel costs, home adjustments and care costs. To do this, you would need evidence to prove the value of your losses. Potential evidence includes bank statements, invoices, receipts and payslips.

If you’re wanting to make a claim for an accident that occurred in Scotland or Northern Ireland, the claims process may differ. To learn more about how to claim for police negligence and to discuss police compensation payouts in the UK please contact us.

No Win No Fee Police negligence and misconduct claim

Suing the Police for negligence or misconduct can be a complex and long-winded procedure as there are so many variables to each case. This means that ongoing legal costs could be extremely high and certainly for people with limited finances, could mean that they can’t pursue their police negligence compensation claim.

Suing the Police No Win No Fee could be the solution. All of our solicitors work on this basis. No Win No Fee means that there are no legal fees to pay until compensation is successfully claimed. If police negligence claims are unsuccessful, the claimant pays nothing. So there really is no need to worry about finances at all when you use our service and your case need not be abandoned because you cannot afford to proceed.

With No Win No Fee it is in our best interest to only work on cases that we believe have a genuine chance of being successful, and so we won’t waste your time or cause you any unnecessary stress if we feel that it is extremely unlikely to win your case. But if you were to choose a solicitor who is paid by the hour, however, the outcome doesn’t have an impact on their payment as, win or lose, they get paid anyway and so could end up costing you thousands with no compensation at the end. Why take the risk? With a No Win No Fee service there is no financial risk at all.

Why choose us as your claims service for your Police misconduct claim?

There are many other claims companies but you will struggle to find a better, more honest and reliable company than ours. We have many years of experience in this industry and solicitors that specialise in police negligence claims. We do our utmost to secure the maximum compensation payouts for our clients, our reputation really does speak for itself.

We really care about our client’s needs and appreciate that more often than not, they are going through a terrible time and so treat them with care, consideration and empathy. We always do what’s necessary to secure our client’s compensation as efficiently and smoothly as possible so that you can concentrate on yourself and your recovery. We will do everything in our power to get justice for you and get you the compensation you deserve.

Call for free advice and to start a claim

If you have been involved in Police misconduct or negligence and want to make police negligence claims or have any questions, all you need to do is call us on 0800 073 8804.

You will speak to a member of our team who will assist you in any way that they can. They will answer any questions you may have and will talk you through the claiming process.

We are a friendly and professional team and will treat you with respect and be empathetic to your situation. You can feel at ease with us and rest assure that your recovery and police negligence claims will be our main priority.

Useful Links


The Independent Police Complaints Commission

Ministry Of Defence police misconduct hearings

By following this link you can find information on Police misconduct outcomes, met police misconduct hearing results and Police misconduct hearings public.

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Police Negligence Claims FAQs

Can I sue the police for negligence?

Yes you can, so long as you have strong supportive evidence in your favour.

Can I sue the police for emotional distress?

You can do this if there is clear proof of you suffering distress from your incident.

How hard is it to sue the police?

This can be difficult when it comes to garnering evidence and gathering witness testimonials, but it can be done.

Can I sue for a handcuff injury?

Yes, though you need plenty of evidence to support your claim.

What happens when you file a complaint against a police officer?

The officer could be suspended and even dismissed if they lose the case.

What is considered harassment by a cop?

This consists of the police officer abusing their power with aggressive questions and actions.

Can a policeman be sued personally?

Yes, a police officer could be sued singularly or as part of the force as a whole.

How do you prove emotional distress?

This relies on medical records, witness testimonials and any remaining evidence in your favour.

Thank you for reading our guide about police negligence claims and how you could be able to claim police negligence compensation. You can contact us at a time that works for you to see if you can make claims against the police.

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