How to make a complaint about us
We are committed to providing a quality service and working in an open, transparent and accountable way that builds the trust of those we work with. However, we accept that sometimes we get things wrong.
We take all complaints about the standard of our service seriously. They provide us with valuable feedback to enable us to improve in all areas of our work.
Our complaints procedure allows you to tell us if you believe that we have got something wrong, or if you are unhappy with the service you have received.
Our promise to you
We aim to deal your complaint in a way which:
We will acknowledge your complaint within two working days and aim to provide you with a full response within 10 working days.
We will let you know if it will take longer.
Time limits for making a complaint
It is important that complaints are made as soon as possible after the event occurs. This enables us to appropriately consider, investigate and act on any issues raised. We will normally only investigate complaints made up to 12 months from the date on which the matter complained about occurred or, if later, when it came to the complainant's notice.
The College has a duty of care to its staff to ensure that they have a safe working environment and are not subject to unreasonable or unacceptable behaviour by others. If we consider your behaviour to be unacceptable, we will inform you and ask you to stop the behaviour, or if the behaviour continues we may decide to take action to manage or restrict your contact with the College.
Our complaints process
We have a three-stage process
Stage one: informal resolution stage
First we ask that you try to resolve your complaint with the person or team you have been dealing with. If you are unsure with who to get in touch with, please contact us and we will help you find the right team. We will aim to respond within 10 working days.
Stage two: formal complaint stage
If you have already tried to resolve your complaint locally through stage one, or wish to make a formal complaint, you should contact the complaints manager at the email address below. Where possible, please provide the following information:
Your complaint will then be acknowledged. We will appoint a caseworker to investigate and senior manager from that team will provide a response. We will aim to respond within 25 working days, but we will let you know if we cannot.
Stage three: final review stage
If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of stage two, you may ask for a final review. A fresh review of the case will be provided by the CEO's office. We will aim to respond within 20 working days of the request for a final review, but we will let you know if we cannot. The outcome of this stage is our final decision.
However, in rare circumstances it may be that following repeated correspondence the complaints procedure becomes fully exhausted. Should you remain dissatisfied and you forward further correspondence about your complaint, unless it raises significant new issues we will write to you explaining our decision is final, file your letter, but we will not respond further.
Other comments, compliments and suggestions
We always welcome feedback and if you would like to send us any other comments, compliments and suggestions please contact the complaints manager.
How to complain
You can complain by email or letter to:
Complaints Manager, College of Policing, Leamington Road, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry, Warwickshire, CV8 3EN
The types of complaints we cannot investigate under this process
1. If you wish to make a complaint about a police officer or a member of police staff not employed by the College, you should contact their own force.
2. If you have a query about a College of Policing recruitment process or examination then please direct this to the force to which you have applied. If you wish to lodge an appeal or raise concerns about an assessment centre or examination, then please refer to the appeals policy which can be found in your joining instructions. Appeals must be made in line with the relevant appeals policy in order to be considered.
3. Complaints about privacy and transparency compliance are handled by our Data Protection and Freedom of Information Officer, who deals with topics related to:
If you have concerns about the College of Policing's compliance with the above, please email or write to:
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Officer, Ethics, Integrity and Public Interest, College of Policing, 10th Floor, Riverside House, 2a Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 9HA
firstname.lastname@example.org or FoI@College.pnn.police.uk