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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

November 30, 2004: Police Complaints and Discipline

The latest - and last - Bulletin on Police Complaints and Discipline has been published by the Home Office. In future the collection and publication of complaints and discipline data will be the responsibility of the new Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The Bulletin deals with complaints, breaches of conduct and discipline charges against police officers in England and Wales for the period 1 April 2003 to 31 March 2004. (Complaints against civilian staff and traffic wardens are not included.) During the period April 2003 to March 2004, 15,885 cases of complaint were received by police forces. This is a rise of 4 per cent over the previous year. Since 1999/00 this is the first year that complaint cases have risen.

The Bulletin deals next with complaints received and the outcome of completed complaints. It also deals with officers convicted of criminal offences and disciplinary charges brought against officers. Cases received since 1 April 1999 have been processed under new misconduct procedures. Those cases received prior to April 1999 are still subject to the old disciplinary code.

Key points from the Bulletin:

  • The police received 15,885 cases of complaint in year ending March 2004, a 4% rise over the previous twelve months. They represented 23,849 individual items of complaint.
  • During the year to March 2004, 69 per cent of individual complaints dealt with were informally resolved, withdrawn or dispensed with.
  • A total of 7,761 individual complaints required investigations in the 12 months to March 2004, an increase of 7 per cent over the previous 12 months.
  • A total of 961 complaints were substantiated in the 12 months to March 2004, 2 per cent more than the previous year. Over half involved a failure in duty and around a fifth concerned oppressive behaviour.
  • Disciplinary/misconduct allegations were proved against 1,545 officers in the 12 months to March 2004. For 160 of these officers charges related to complaints from members of the public. As a result of disciplinary/misconduct allegations, 95 officers were dismissed or required to resign, a decrease of 17 per cent over the previous year.