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Complaints Against The Police

Volume 13: debated on Friday 27 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will publish figures showing for the five years before the coming into force of the Police Act 1976 and for each year since, the number of complaints lodged, the number withdrawn and the number found justified, the number resulting in disciplinary proceedings being brought against the officer or officers complained against, and the number of such proceedings which resulted in findings of guilt and similar figures for criminal proceedings against police officers arising from complaints.

The available information, reflecting changes made in 1978 in the basis on which figures are collected, is as follows:

Table 2—Complaints Against the Police by Outcome

England and Wales

Number of Cases Received and Complaints Completed

Complaints Completed

*Cases Received

Total

Substantiated

Unsubstantiated

Withdrawn or not proceeded with

197818,76928,2341,55913,72012,955
197916,92729,3831,33814,10413,941
198018,09631,0091,28814,51615,205

* A case may include one or more individual matters of complaint.

Individual matters of complaint completed in year, irrespective of the year in which received.

The Police Act 1976 and Regulations made under it refer to a complainant indicating in writing that he is withdrawing his complaint or stating that he does not wish further action to be taken on it.

Table 3—Police Officers Convicted of Criminal Offences

England and Wales

Number of Officers

Convictions arising from Complaints by Principal Offence

Convictions arising out of other Circumstances by Principal Offence

Total

Criminal (Other than Traffic)

Traffic

Total

Criminal (Other than Traffic)

Traffic

197343N/AN/A681N/AN/A
197463N/AN/A488N/AN/A
197578N/AN/A715N/AN/A
197644N/AN/A738N/AN/A
197754N/AN/A677N/AN/A
1978784137

*704

*66

*638

197973284583599736
198055282792493831
N/A=Not Available.

* Excluding Metropolitan Police for which figures are unavailable.

Table 4—Police Officers against whom Disciplinary Charges were Brought and Completed

England and Wales

Number of Officers

Charges arising from Complaint

Charges arising out of other Circumstances

Total

One or more Charges Proved

No Charges Proved

Total

One or more Charges Proved

No Charges Proved

1973186N/AN/A614N/AN/A
1974189N/AN/A458N/AN/A
1975248N/AN/A615N/AN/A
1976182N/AN/A563N/AN/A
1977205N/AN/A549N/AN/A
19781351191651447935
19791401162455553520
19801561401653351419
N/A= Not Available.