Political spin continues unabated in Sussex Police following news from the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) that complaints against Sussex Police rose to 20% during 2013-2014, a full 5% above the national average.
Dismissing the stark facts in favour of promoting the last few month’s figures that complaints have actually gone down, the truth remains that the total number of complaints against Sussex Police rose 20% to 900 in 2013/14, compared to an increase of 15% for the rest of England and Wales.
A total of 1,248 allegations were made against Sussex Police. Per 1,000 employees the force recorded 216 allegations, compared to 251 for all forces in England and Wales.
A shocking 59% of appeals from the public against Sussex Police were upheld by the IPCC, compared with an 11% upheld rate for those considered by the force itself.
This reveals that when Sussex Police investigate themselves, they have no choice but to admit 11% of complaints cannot be covered up; but while the complaints investigated independently by the IPCC; 59% of complaints are upheld.
Read more at the Shadow Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner blog site.