More complaining about police

MORE than 400 people complained to the police watchdog about the county’s force last year, new figures reveal.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has published its latest annual police complaints statistics.

It reveals the number of people complaining about Lincolnshire Police climbed by seven per cent in 2009/10 to 409. Nationally, the figure rose by eight per cent.

Head of professional standards at Lincolnshire Police Supt Paula Wood stressed the rise was ‘in line’ with the national picture.

She added: “It’s important to recognise that the overall satisfaction in Lincolnshire has increased, which we believe would lead to members of the public to have more confidence in reporting their complaints.”

A single complaint case can involve a number of allegations and this year allegations against Lincolnshire officers fell by about five per cent to 685.

Of these, the three main categories were: neglect of duty, which includes such claims as not returning phones calls or providing updates on investigations and late attendance (down slightly on the previous year, 190 to 188), incivility (up from 150 to 162) and assault (down from 94 to 58).