Police defend complaints

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SOUTH Yorkshire police chiefs have defended a 40 per cent rise in complaints.

New figures released by the Independent Police Complaints Commission showed between April 2009 and March 2010 some 613 complaints were lodged against South Yorkshire officers - up 39 per cent on the year before.

Chief Constable Max Sahota said: “We have been encouraging the public to come forward with concerns. We’ve also made it easier to contact us and make complaints via our website and have ensured our processes continue to be ethical and open in line with IPCC guidelines.

“We are well above the national average for locally-resolved allegations, which demonstrates early intervention to bring matters to a conclusion.

He added: “It’s also important to note the statistics are nine months out of date.

“From April 2010 to January 2011 complaints are about 11 per cent down compared with the same period in 2009/10.”

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