Below average rise in complaints against Lincolnshire Police

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The number of complaints against Lincolnshire Police rose by two per cent in 2013/14, compared to an increase of 15 per cent for England and Wales.

This is according to statistics in a new report issued by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) today (Monday, February 2).

The rise follows an increase of two per cent in the force’s recorded complaints in 2012/13.

Some of the increases in 2013/14, the IPCC says, is down to the definition of a complaint being broadened beyond an officer’s conduct to include ‘direction and control’ matters to do with operational policing.

A complaint case may have one or more allegations attached to it. A total of 728 allegations were made against Lincolnshire Police in 2013/14.

Expressed as a rate per 1,000 employees, the force recorded 365 allegations, higher than the figure for all forces in England and Wales - that of, 251.

A complainant has the right to appeal about the way in which a police force has handled their complaint.

In terms of this, some 43 per cent of appeals from the public against Lincolnshire Police were upheld by the IPCC, compared with a 20 per cent upheld rate for those considered by the force itself.

This is in line or roughly in line with the national averages, with the overall uphold rate by police forces in England and Wales being 20 per cent and by the IPCC being 46 per cent.

The IPCC upheld eight of 14 appeals where people were unhappy that Lincolnshire Police had not recorded their complaint, and 10 of 28 appeals from people unhappy with the Lincolnshire Police investigation into their complaint.

In 2013/14, Lincolnshire Police finalised 535 complaint cases in an average of 98 working days, quicker than the average for England and Wales average - that of, 101 working days.

The report, published by the IPCC, includes a range of figures broken down by individual police force, and is available here.