Surge in complaints against Cumbria police
Last updated at 16:13, Saturday, 09 August 2014
COMPLAINTS against Cumbria police have rocketed in the past 12 months.
Papers set to go before the Cumbria police and crime commissioner’s executive panel reveal there were 119 more allegations made against police staff and officers than the previous 12 months.
The news comes after former PC Natalie Scott, of Rampside Road, Barrow, was convicted for fraudulently using a credit card belonging to her mother’s boyfriend to pay for a holiday worth £6,000 to Dubai.
Despite the increase, Det Ch Insp Paul Duhig, the report’s author, said the force has the third-lowest percentage of allegations that are upheld nationally.
From June 2013 to June 2014 there were 160 allegations against police in south Cumbria compared to 90 last year.
Across Cumbria there were 513 allegations against police with 347 individual cases compared to 304 cases with 388 allegations for the same period up to June 2013.
Det Ch Insp Duhig said: “The increase in allegations is due to a number of complaint cases that contained multiple allegations. This was particularly relevant in January 14 where 49 allegations arose from seven complaints, including 20 allegations in a single complaint.”
However, Mr Duhig reports the number of allegations against the force not upheld has increased by 49 per cent compared to the 12 months leading up to June 2013.
In south Cumbria there were 84 allegations of unprofessional conduct, 29 of oppressive behaviour, 11 of malpractice, 22 of incivility, and three of discrimination.
Across the county there were three allegations of corrupt practice reported along with 45 allegations of assault and 126 allegations of neglect or failure in duty. Members of the public reported 73 incidents of officers being impolite and 74 allegations of a lack of fairness.
The report will be discussed at the meeting on Wednesday.
The meeting takes place at Carleton Hall, Penrith, from 10am.
Visit http://www.cumbria-pcc.gov.uk/ for a copy of the full agenda.
First published at 16:02, Saturday, 09 August 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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