Common Questions

I was assaulted by police

If you feel the police have assaulted you or otherwise offended your rights, you have several options available to you.

Good starting points include:

  • Complaints Against Municipal Police, a factsheet from the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, gives an overview of what is involved in laying a complaint against a member of a municipal police force.
  • Complaints Against the RCMP, a factsheet from the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, explains what is involved in laying a complaint against a member of the RCMP.
  • Making a Complaint Against the Police, from the BC Civil Liberties Association, explains when and how to complain, as well as what information to include in a complaint.
  • The Arrest Handbook, from the BC Civil Liberties Association, has a chapter titled "Police Accountability" that explains how to make a complaint against the police.
  • LSLAP Manual: Public Complaints Procedures, from the UBC Law Students Legal Advice Program, has a section titled "Complaints Concerning Police Conduct".

Need more help?

BC Civil Liberties Association helps you with filing police complaints and provides information and referrals.

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Last reviewed July 2017

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complaint about the police, police complaint, police assault, police brutality