Drop in police complaints

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COMPLAINTS against South Yorkshire Police fell last year, according to figures released today.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission’s statistics showed the force recorded 528 complaints against its officers in 2010-11 - a decrease of 14 per cent on the previous year.

Those complaints contained 1,002 allegations, a fall of 13 per cent on the previous year.

The drop reflected a national decrease which saw overall complaints fall, for the first time, by four per cent.

But the top three areas for allegations were incivility, neglect of duty, and assault.

IPCC Commissioner Nicholas Long said: “Following a large increase in complaints in 2009-10 it is interesting to see the marked fall experienced by South Yorkshire Police during the last year.

“The decrease exceeds the national average and I hope is reflective of improvements in interaction between police and the public in South Yorkshire.”