Being stopped and searched can be an unpleasant experience, no matter the approach of the police officers involved. But if it’s felt that there has been unnecessary force or an inappropriate attitude, then we'd like to hear about it and, where necessary, act upon it. Likewise, we welcome any suggestions or positive comments you’d like to share.
Tell us about your experience of being stopped by the police
If you feel you’ve had an unpleasant or unsatisfactory experience, you may wish to make a formal complaint. You can do so if you think a police officer has behaved incorrectly or unfairly. For example, if you think an officer has:
been rude to you
used excessive force
abused your rights
arrested you unlawfully
All complaints are investigated and this can take time.
To make a formal complaint and for more information about how complaints are investigated, read our complaints pages. If you've had a positive experience, you can offer us feedback.
How to get involved
Independent stop and search community scrutiny panel
The stop and search community scrutiny panel holds Bedfordshire Police to account on both stop and search and use of force issues and helps us improve our use of these important policing powers.
The group, which meets every two months, reviews complaints and promotes best practice. Its members reflect and represent the diverse communities across Bedfordshire. Anyone over 16 who doesn't work for a police force or the Police and Crime Commissioner can apply to join the panel.
If you'd like to become a member or if you belong to an institution in Bedfordshire and would like to receive free training on the stop and search process, please email the stop and search scrutiny panel.