Police Complaints Authority
- The Authority operates totally independent of the Police Service.
- There are NO Police Officers employed at the Authority.
- Police Officers can also make complaints to the Authority.
- The Authority investigates matters involving members of the Police Service, members of the Municipal Police Force and members of the Special Reserve Police.
- To investigate criminal offences involving police officers, police corruption and serious police misconduct.
- To undertake inquiries into, or audits of, any aspect of police activities for the purpose of ascertaining whether there is police corruption or serious Police misconduct or circumstances that may be conducive to both.
- To monitor an investigation conducted by any person or authority in relation to any matter of criminal offences involving police officers, police corruption and serious police misconduct and to undertake audits of those investigations
- To advise the Police Service and other public authorities on ways in which police corruption and serious police misconduct may be eliminated.
- To gather evidence that may be admissible in the prosecution of a person who is not a police officer for a criminal offence in relation to the Police Service and to furnish that evidence to the Director of Public Prosecutions, or where an authority outside the State is concerned, to the Attorney General.
- To gather evidence that may be used in the investigation of serious police misconduct adn furnish such evidence to the Commissioner of Police or the Police Service commisssion for appropriate action
- To gather evidence that can be used in the prosecution of a police officer involved in a criminal offence and furnish such evidence to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
- To perform any other functions that may be conferred on it by any other written law.
If you believe that a Police Officer has done something that falls within one of the categories above, you can make a complaint to the Authority:
(a) You can come in to the Authority where a complaints Officer will interview you to obtain all relevant information in relation to your complaint and answer any questions you may have.
(b) You can also make your complaint via the Authority's HOTLINE 800 2PCA (2722) and a Complaints Officer will contact you
(c) Your complaint can also be mailed to the Authority and a Complaints Officer will contact you (See Contact Us)
(d) A Complaint Form will soon be accessible for downloading from our Website (which is currently under construction) and this may be submitted to the Authority. You can also access a form by clicking on the aforementioned link or by going to Related Links, Application Forms in the right sidebar menu.