List of police complaints made public

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THE number of complaints against police officers in St Helens has been revealed in official force figures.

However, despite the number of officers who’ve been investigated, no single officer has lost their job following a complaint from a member of the public.

There were a total of 117 official objections to officers’ conduct during 2011/12, compared to 99 for the previous 12 months.

But for the period from April 2012 to February 2013 the figure fell by 16.7 per cent from the previous, corresponding period.

The most frequent accusation levelled against both warranted officers and police community support officers was for incivility and neglect of duty.

During the 2011/12 period, there were also six complaints of assault, 13 of officers harassing members of the public, seven for unlawful arrest and four for perjury.

There were also seven about officers lacking fairness and impartiality; and four reports of improper disclosure of information.

Incivility remains the biggest bugbear among members of the public. There were 29 complaints during 2010/11, the largest catagory of complaint from the public by far.

Supt Dave Fox, of St Helens police, said: “The reduction of complaints against police is a priority for the force. We constantly strive to provide the highest standards of service to the public, with a real focus on the victims of crime.

“As such the St Helens Command team constantly reviews any complaints against police officers and staff, in order to identify any patterns of complaint and establish the root cause, in order to take action where necessary.

“While there may have been an increase between in complaints in St Helens between the periods of 2010/11 and 2011/2012 in the period following there has been a reduction of 16. 7 per cent and I am pleased with the reductions achieved over the past 12 months.

“However, to be absolutely clear, there is no place for complacency when dealing with the confidence of the public in the service we provide.

“We will continually strive to improve our contact with the people of St Helens.”