Do you wish to file a complaint/report an offence?
You can file a complaint about the conduct of the police or employees of the prosecution service with the Police Complaints Authority. Read more about the Police Complaints Authority’s jurisdiction here.
You can also file a report with the Police Complaints Authority if you believe that the police or employees of the prosecution service have violated the law and thereby committed a criminal offence.
You can find the complaint/report form here:
If you want someone else to file a complaint or report an offence on your behalf, you must fill in a power of attorney for that person. Please do so in the complaint/report form.
Filing a complaint or reporting an offence is free of charge.
Worth knowing – Conduct complaint cases
You can file a complaint about the conduct of the police or employees of the prosecution service with the Police Complaints Authority.
For example, if you feel that the police
- have spoken rudely,
- have been too rough during an arrest,
- or have otherwise behaved incorrectly.
The complaint may be about an incident in which you were involved. But it may also be an incident you have witnessed, or you may complain on behalf of someone else.
Please be aware that you must file a complaint within 6 months after the incident you wish to complain about. If more than 6 months have passed, it may in exceptional cases be possible for the Police Complaints Authority to process the complaint.
As a rule, the Police Complaints Authority does not process disposition complaints. These are handled by the individual police districts. A disposition complaint is, for example, a complaint about the police’s decision to arrest you, handcuff you, search your home or seize some of your belongings. It may also be the police’s decision not to attend an incident.
Worth knowing – Criminal cases
The Police Complaints Authority investigates reports of criminal offences committed by police employees or the prosecution service in the course of duty. You may thus report a criminal offence to the Police Complaints Authority if you believe that a member of the police service has violated the law. For example, if you feel that the person in question has
- breached his/her duty of confidentiality,
- committed violence,
- abused his/her position, e.g. by unauthorised entries to registers.
When the Police Complaints Authority has completed its investigation, we refer the case to the public prosecutor, who decides on whether to press charges.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call us on tel. no. +45 41 78 35 35 00.