17.6pc rise in complaints endorsed against police
There was a 17.6 per cent increase last year in the number of complaints brought by the public against the police that were endorsed by the Independent Police Complaints Council. As a result of the complaints, criminal and disciplinary proceedings were brought or internal action taken against 172 police officers, according to the annual report of the watchdog released yesterday. The council said it reviewed and upheld a total of 3,025 complaints involving 5,055 allegations, an increase of 17.6 per cent and 11.8 per cent respectively, compared with 2008. Forty per cent of the allegations upheld by the council were for common assault, and 38 per cent were for misconduct, improper manner and using offensive language.