Belfast Telegraph

2,000 officers on three complaints

Around 2,000 police officers have had at least three complaints made against them by members of the public over the past year.

A BBC survey of UK forces showed 2,073 officers were subject to three or more allegations 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, 40 allegations were made against an inspector and 38 against a constable in Dyfed-Powys in just one year.

Deputy chief constable John Feavyour, of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said officers have thousands of interactions with members of the public each day and insisted that the vast majority were "positive for both the police and the public".

He added: "However, where a member of the public considers an officer's conduct to be unsatisfactory or improper, we would encourage them to inform their police force, so that action can be taken where appropriate. In this way, the service which we deliver can be continuously improved."

But he urged caution about using the findings to compare performance across the police service because the procedure for handling complaints varies across forces.


From Belfast Telegraph