Complaints rise for Lincolnshire Police

COMPLAINTS to Lincolnshire Police have increased by five per cent since last year, despite a four per cent drop nationally.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) dealt with 715 complaints against the force over 2010/11, compared to 689 the previous year. Complaints against officers went up from 409 to 430.

In the rest of the UK the amount of complaints dropped by four per cent to 33,099, with 50 per cent of those about the behaviour of officers.

A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said there may be a number of factors contributing to the rise.

Ch Supt Rick Hatton, head of the professional standards department, said: “Complaints from the public give us the opportunity not only to resolve specific personal issues, but also improve as an organisation. I am confident that we have a transparent and ethical system in place to deal with complaints and treat them seriously and constructively.”