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Police corruption (1068A/21)


Since 2015, how many referrals to the police watchdog – the IPCC and then the IOPC – have been made regarding complaints of police corruption? I would like this broken down by calendar year.


Please find enclosed our response.


Year Total number of referrals
2015 7
2016 11
2017 3
2018 1
2019 0
2020 0
2021 1
Grand Total 23


Please note that the data for 2021 is 1st Jan 2021 to 22 July 2021 inclusive.

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.


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