Rise in complaints against Suffolk Police

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Complaints made against Suffolk Police rose by almost 50 per cent last year, new figures have revealed.

Figures released today by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) show the total number of complaints against Suffolk Police rose by 48 per cent last year, from 258 in 2012/13 to 381 in 2013/14, compared to an average increase of 15 per cent nationwide.

A police spokesman said: “These latest figures from the IPCC show that 38 out of 44 forces across the country have experienced an increase in the number of complaints received.”

He said the increases were partly down to a change in the way complaints were recorded, as acknowledged by the IPCC.

He added: “While Suffolk has seen a rise in complaints received, it is important to note that compared with other forces, we remain firmly below the national average for complaints recorded per 1000 employees.

“It is also important to view the number of complaints received in context. As a front-line public service, we have hundreds of interactions with people needing our help on a daily basis – and the vast majority of these do not result in any form of complaint.”

To read the IPCC report in full, visit www.ipcc.gov.uk/Documents/research_stats/complaints_statistics_2012-13_and_2013-14.PDF