Friday 3 June 2022 09:16 PM Nearly HALF of police forces received MORE misconduct claims per 1,000 ... trends now

Friday 3 June 2022 09:16 PM Nearly HALF of police forces received MORE misconduct claims per 1,000 ... trends now
Friday 3 June 2022 09:16 PM Nearly HALF of police forces received MORE misconduct claims per 1,000 ... trends now

Friday 3 June 2022 09:16 PM Nearly HALF of police forces received MORE misconduct claims per 1,000 ... trends now

More than half of police forces in England and Wales have received more corruption and sexual misconduct complaints relative to their size than the Met, it has been revealed.

Despite Scotland Yard taking the brunt of the furore over incidents of misconduct among the police in the UK, figures suggest the problem is much more widespread.

An analysis of data from the Independent Office for Police Conduct found that forces such as Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and West Yorkshire Police (WYP) all received more complaints per 1,000 employees than the Met.   

The statistics cover complaints made in the seven years leading up to March 2020.

They revealed that when taking into account the number of employees each force has, some smaller forces saw a greater proportion of complaints, the Financial Times reports.

This sees the likes of Leicestershire Police, Lincolnshire Police and Gwent Police seeing a higher amount of specific types of complaints relative to their size than the likes of the Met and GMP.

When comparing the four largest police forces, GMP is shown as having more corruption, discrimination, non-sexual assault, and sexual conduct or sexual assault complaints than the Met per 1,000 employees.

Data from the Independent Office for Police Conduct shows seemingly widespread issues with police misconduct (stock image)

Data from the Independent Office for Police Conduct shows seemingly widespread issues with police misconduct (stock image)

These forces are all known as 'peer' forces, because they are classified as policing areas with similar social, economic and crime-related demographics.

While comparisons can be drawn between different forces based on the data, experts say the data may be influenced by the different ways forces record complaints and how easy they make it to complain. 

While the number of complaints might be higher among larger forces, when these are looked at based on the number of employees in the organisation, it highlights issues at smaller forces.  

For example,

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