Police Complaints, Cronavirus related (101A/20)

Request

  1. The number of complaints against police officers within your police force, separated by reason for the complaint, for the years 2018 – 2020, inclusive to the present day.

2. The number of complaints made against officers since 26 March 2020 to the present day as a result of the police enforcement powers that have come into effect in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus

Response

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

Q1: The number of complaints against police officers within your police force, separated by reason for the complaint, for the years 2018 – 2020, inclusive to the present day.

These figures are from 1st Jan 2018 to 1st May 2020

 

Complaint Type Number of Complaints
Other neglect or failure in duty 673
Police action following contact 277
Incivility, impoliteness and intolerance 254
Other assault 182
Lack of fairness and impartiality 172
Decisions 117
Oppressive conduct or harassment 110
Mishandling of property 97
Unlawful/unnecessary arrest 97
Breach Code C PACE 82
Impolite language/tone 73
General level of service 70
Discriminatory Behaviour 64
Improper disclosure of information 54
Use of force 52
Information 47
Breach Code B PACE 37
Handling of or damage to property 36
Irregularity in evidence/perjury 33
Other policies and procedures 33
Other 29
Searches of premises and seizure 29
Serious non-sexual assault 28
Power to arrest and detain 27
Unprofessional attitude 24
Corrupt practice 23
Detention in police custody 22
Organisational decisions 22
Other irregularity in procedure 22
Operational policing policies 19
Stops, and stop and search 18
Disclosure of information 17
Overbearing or harassing behaviour 17
Race 16
Evidential procedures 15
Handling of information 13
Use of police vehicles 12
Discreditable conduct 8
General policing standards 8
Other sexual conduct 8
Traffic irregularity 8
Operational management decision 7
Sexual assault 7
Impolite and intolerant actions 6
Abuse of position for other purpose 5
Disability 5
Organisational corruption 5
Bail, identification and interview 4
Breach Code A PACE 4
Multiple or unspecified breaches 4
Obstruction of justice 4
Accessing and handling of inform 3
Religion or belief 3
Use of police systems 3
Abuse of position for sexual pursuit 1
Sex 1
Sexual harassment 1

 

  1. The number of complaints made against officers since 26 March 2020 to the present day as a result of the police enforcement powers that have come into effect in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus

 

 

Complaint Number
Police action following contact 26
Impolite language/tone 13
General level of service 11
Decisions 8
Stops, and stop and search 6
Other policies and procedures 6
Searches of premises and seizure of property 4
Use of force 4
Information 3
Impolite and intolerant actions 3
Detention in police custody 3
Unprofessional attitude and disrespect 2
Religion or belief 1
Sex 1
Race 1
Power to arrest and detain 1
Grand Total 93

 

 

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