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

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

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

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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