Rise in police complaints


7:33am 16th December 2011

Complaints against North Yorkshire Police have risen for the second year running.

Police Complaints Statistics for 2010/11 showed that North Yorkshire Police recorded 525 complaints against its officers - an increase of6% on the previous year.

Those complaints contained 1,047 allegations - an increase of 23% on the previous year.

These figures contrasted with a national trend which saw overall complaints fall by 4%.

North Yorkshire Police's top three areas for allegations were around incivility (194 allegations), oppressive conduct (128) and other neglect of duty (316).

Nicholas Long, from the Independent Police Complaints Commission, said: "North Yorkshire Police's complaints figures reflected an increase while the national statistics have shown a fall.

"There is no clear reason why this should be the case and I am sure the force will want to examine this further."

The force remains the top performing force in relation to the percentage of complaints it concludes through local resolution - 72%.

Steve Read, Director of North Yorkshire Police's Professional Standards Unit, said: "The force by force comparative figures in the IPCC report generally show North Yorkshire Police in a good light.

"Of course, we accept there will be focus on the force's comparative year on year rise in both complaint cases (6%) and complaint allegations (23%) compared with a 3% fall in the number of cases nationally.

"It must be emphasised, though, that other forces have been the subject of far greater year on year percentage rises. The fact that more people have made a complaint can be seen as a positive indicator of their confidence in our capability to handle such matters professionally, efficiently and with integrity.”

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