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Police: Complaints

Home Department written question – answered on 28th June 2012.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) how many complaints were recorded against the police service in (a) Essex, (b) Southend and (c) England and Wales in each of the last 10 years; what the rate of complaints per 1,000 of population was in each such year; and if she will make a statement;

(2) what complaints against Essex police authority have been upheld in each year since 2010; what (a) response was made and (b) steps were taken by Essex police authority to implement such recommendations; and if she will make a statement;

(3) what written (a) advice and (b) guidance (i) her Department and (ii) Essex police authority provides to members of the public wishing to make a complaint about Essex police authority; if she will place in the Library a copy of each such document; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Nick Herbert Nick Herbert The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice

Since 2004 the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has been responsible for the annual publication of statistics relating to complaints against the police service in England and Wales and these reports are available on the IPCC website. Information on complaints against Essex police authority is not held by the Home Office and is a matter for Essex police authority. Guidance and advice on how to complain about Essex police authority is also a matter for Essex police authority.

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