Survey reveals ‘startling’ level of complaints against the police

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The Independent
2nd September 2010

More than 2,000 police officers had at least three complaints made against them by members of the public over the past year, according to figures released today.

A BBC survey of UK forces showed 2,073 officers were subject to three or more allegations them during 2009/10. Most complaints were about rudeness, assault or failure of duty, according to the Freedom of Information request.

The Police Force of Northern Ireland had the highest number of officers with three or more complaints, at 376. The Metropolitan Police was second with 273 officers, followed by Greater Manchester with 160, Kent with 130 and West Mercia with 117.

Altogether, the statistics from 43 out of 52 constabularies showed more than 5,000 complaints were made against officers over the past year. According to the BBC, in Dyfed-Powys 40 allegations were made against one inspector and 38 against one constable during the year.

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