An independent report has revealed that complaints against Nottinghamshire police officers have risen by 67 per cent in the last year.
Through 2013 – 2014 there were 960 complaints recorded in Nottinghamshire which is a significant difference compared to the 576 in the previous year. The sharp increase is well above the national average of 15 per cent.
The investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission claimed that part of the vast increase could be due to the recent broadening of the definition of a complaint:
The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (PRSRA 2011) broadened the definition of a complaint to include those regarding matters such as general policing policies, known as ‘direction and control’.
There can be more than one allegation included in a single complaint. A total of 1,592 allegations were made in 2013-2014 which was 559 more cases than in the year before.
Head of Professional Standards for Nottinghamshire Police, Detective Superintendent Jackie Alexander said in a statement:
“The increase in the number of complaints demonstrates the proactive work we have been doing to make the complaints process more accessible and we actively encourage people to let us know when they think we’ve got something wrong, as part of our commitment to being the best we can be for local people.”
The 67 per cent rise in complaints is the the third highest change across of all the police forces in the country, with just Northumbria and the City of London seeing a bigger increase.
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