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Police: Complaints

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2009, Official Report, column 83W, on police, when the Independent Police Complaints Commission requested police forces to start providing information relating to complainant disability; and when the resultant data will be published. (307811)

[holding answer 6 January 2010]: As stated previously, the IPCC is responsible for the collation and publication of complaint statistics for England and Wales and has done so since it was established in 2004.

The IPCC first captured information relating to complainant disability in April 2009. However, the IPCC had concerns about the accuracy and quality of the data and did not include the data in its Complaints Statistics for 2008-09. The IPCC will not publish the data until it is confident of their quality and accuracy and is working with forces to ensure the quality and accuracy of the disability data on complaints statistics recorded by forces.