Before you make a complaint, please read our Stop & Search FAQs as you may find the answer to your questions there.
The police should treat you fairly and with respect. If you are unhappy with how you were treated, you can complain. If you feel you were treated differently because of your race, age, sexuality, gender, disability, religion or faith, you can complain of unlawful discrimination. It will help if you keep the form that the police gave you.
You can get advice from or complain to:
- A police station
- Devon & Cornwall Police by Email
- The Police and Crime Commissioner
- A Citizen’s Advice Bureau
- The Racial Equality & Human Rights Commission
- The Independent Office for Police Conduct
- A solicitor
If you have difficulty understanding English or if you are deaf, the police must take reasonable steps to ensure you understand your rights
For more information on how to complain to Devon and Cornwall Police please visit our complaints procedure page.
We welcome feedback in the way our officers treat the public during street encounters and when they exercise their powers of Stop and Search.
That feedback can be given in a number of ways
- By email to the Stop & Search team
- By email to 101
- By telephone to 101
- Or by writing to Police Headquarters, Middlemoor, Exeter.
- Complete the Stop and Search Survey
If you would like to say a thank you or leave a note of appreciation please complete the Letter of appreciation form.