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Police: Complaints

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many complaints against the police were received in each year since 1997; (319524)

(2) what the 10 most common causes of complaint made against the police were in each year since 1997; and how many such complaints were made in each such year.

The Home Office collated and published annual statistical information for Police Complaints and Discipline for England and Wales, until 31 March 2004.

The totals of complaints about the police received for England and Wales in each year since 1997 are:

Complaints

1997-98

35,834

1998-99

31,653

1999-2000

30,807

2000-01

31,034

2001-02

26,701

2002-03

24,562

2003-04

25,376

The Home Office Statistical bulletins give numbers for substantiated complaints by reason. The 10 most common causes for such complaints, and their number in each year from 1997, are contained in the following table.

Since it came into existence on 1 April 2004, the Independent Police Complaints Commission has been responsible for the collection and analysis of police complaints statistical information.

Substantiated complaints by reason for complaint, England and Wales

Number of complaints

Reason for complaint

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

Assault

125

126

98

112

101

98

99

Oppressive behaviour/harassment

53

42

62

54

56

59

46

Unlawful/unnecessary arrest/detention

67

55

36

67

49

42

54

Perjury/irregularity in evidence

27

22

17

24

24

38

26

Mishandling of property

33

22

12

22

22

17

25

Neglect of duty

237

205

228

320

325

349

372

Impropriety in connection with search of premises

33

28

21

17

19

21

26

Irregularity in procedure

153

131

138

154

156

140

158

Incivility

78

68

64

87

92

113

110

Other

27

30

15

15

28

41

28