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Yorkshire residents complain about the police

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2:38pm 28th June 2011

People in Yorkshire and Humberside are increasingly willing to complain about the police, according to a survey conducted for the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The percentage of respondents who would definitely or probably complain was 68%, an increase of 13% on the last survey in 2009.

However the percentage of people who were happy or very happy with the contact they had with the police rose by 20% to 82%.

The survey of more than 3,700 people across the country was conducted at the beginning of this year. It also showed:

  • Awareness of the IPCC in Yorkshire and Humberside stood at 66% - a rise of 1%;
  • The percentage of respondents in Yorkshire and Humberside who believe they would be dealt with fairly by the IPCC was 88% - a rise of 5%; and
  • The percentage of respondents in Yorkshire and Humberside who believe the IPCC would deal with a complaint impartially was 70% - a rise of 1%.

However despite these figures the percentage of people who thought the IPCC was part of the police service actually rose by 8% to 34%.

The figures in Yorkshire and Humberside mirror the national trends. These national figures showed that:

  • 68% of respondents were willing to complain (up 9%)
  • 76% of respondents were happy with the contact they had with the police
  • 64% of respondents were aware of the IPCC (down 3%)
  • 85% of respondents believed the IPCC who deal with a complaint against the police fairly
  • 69% of respondents believed the IPCC would handle a complaint against the police impartially.

IPCC Commissioner Nicholas Long said:

"These figures show an increasing willingness to complain and a confidence that if the matter is handled by the IPCC it will be dealt with fairly and impartially. That is pleasing, but we are not complacent and know more work needs to be done regionally and nationally to raise confidence among minority communities and young people. We will focus our efforts in the coming year in this area.”

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