Police complaints fall

COMPLAINTS made against police in Suffolk have fallen for the first time in four years, new figures reveal.A total of 287 complaints were recorded against Suffolk Constabulary between April and September this year - 56 fewer than the same period last year, a 20 per cent fall.

COMPLAINTS made against police in Suffolk have fallen for the first time in four years, new figures reveal.

A total of 287 complaints were recorded against Suffolk Constabulary between April and September this year - 56 fewer than the same period last year, a 20 per cent fall.

Although the number has fallen, the force has a higher than average number of complaints per 1,000 officers compared to forces of a similar size.

The figures were revealed in a report to Suffolk Police Authority, which is set to be discussed at a meeting on Friday.

Most complaints relate to perceived neglect of duty, followed by incivility and impoliteness and oppressive conduct.

Previously, the number of complaints against police has risen since April 2003 by 77pc in 2005/06 and 21pc in 2006/07.

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Of the complaints made in the first six months of this year, only three have been upheld.

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