Police receive 381 complaints in three years

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Almost 400 complaints have been made against police in Scarborough over the last three years, according to new figures.

The figures obtained by The Scarborough News through the Freedom of Information act show that between April 2009 and April 2012, 381 complaints were made against officers in the town.

In terms of the severity of the complaints, the allegations vary greatly.

The vast majority of complaints were for relatively minor issues, such as impoliteness, incivility or mishandling of property,

However, a handful of more serious complaints were made against officers in the town, allegations which include assault, corrupt practice and, in one case , sexual assault.

This complaint was not upheld by the Professional Standards Department, who are responsible for dealing with complaints from the public.

However, allegations of neglect, corrupt practice and assault were passed up to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, although the actual resolution of these complaints has not been disclosed.

Steve Read, Director of Professional Standards at North Yorkshire Police, said: “Upholding the highest possible standards of professionalism is vital to effective policing. We demand that our staff act and behave in a way that gains the public’s trust and confidence in the service we deliver.”