Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Police complaints hits 17-year high

By John Steele, Crime Correspondent Last Updated: 7:16pm GMT 14/11/2007

Allegations of neglect of duty and rudeness by police have driven the total of complaints against police to a 17-year high, according to the latest report from the service's watchdog body.
The number of complaints against officers, many made by law-abiding middle class people disappointed by officers' behaviour, has almost doubled since the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) came into force three years ago.
There were just under 29,000 complaints received by the IPCC in England and Wales last year, compared with 15,900 in the 12 months before it was set up.

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