Belfast Telegraph

Figures show overall drop in complaints about police

By Adrian Rutherford

Almost 3,000 complaints were made about police officers in Northern Ireland last year.

A total of 2,797 issues were raised by the public in the 12 months to April - down 8% from the previous year.

The figures emerged in a report by the Police Ombudsman's Office.

Belfast City had the largest decrease in complaints, where numbers fell by 19%. Derry City and Strabane had a drop of 13% in the numbers of complaints about its officers.

Mid and East Antrim had the largest increase in complaints - up by 17%, though this may have been due to events connected to the environmental protest at Woodburn Forest near Carrickfergus.

Not all complaints were subject to a full investigation. Last year more than 100 complaints were judged to be ill-founded and without basis or foundation.

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