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Koh Elaine
Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 7:13:39 AM
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Celia brought the bedsheet stained with the assailant blood to the police station and lodged a police complaint. The local police later reported that a 17-year-old suspect has been apprehended and that investigations are ongoing.

I have read that 'lodged a police complaint' is wrong. I would like to confirm that it is so. Should it be 'made a police complaint' instead?

Thanks.
Gabriella Gabriella
Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 7:36:59 AM

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I typed on Google your example of lodged a police complaint with brackets and was presented with quite a few results. So it seems to be valid usage.Dancing
papo_308
Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 7:53:52 AM
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This is from TFD, meaning 5 of lodge under transitive:

5. To register (a charge or complaint, for example) before an authority, such as a court; file.

taurine
Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 7:55:46 AM

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I think that, if you use "lodged a police complaint" it might be understood incorrect taking the context into account.
You do not want to bring an action against police, but against assailant.

Instead of "lodged a police complaint" I would suggest to use, for example, The initial report of a witness to an offense.
You may lodge a complaint against a suspect.
IMcRout
Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 8:36:47 AM

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It is probably the shorter newspaper form of 'lodged a complaint with the police', in which you do what is described in the above text. Newspaper speak is awkward at times.

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