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No action taken on 90% of complaints against police officers, figures show

Year sees thousands of allegations of excessive use of force, corruption and racism

Lizzie Dearden
Home Affairs Editor
Thursday 12 January 2023 10:00 GMT
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The largest number of complaints were about how police responded to reports of crimes
The largest number of complaints were about how police responded to reports of crimes (PA)

No action has been taken on almost 90 per cent of complaints against police in England and Wales, figures show.

Of over 86,000 allegations handled under an official process in 2021-22, a tiny 0.2 per cent resulted in disciplinary proceedings.

The complaints included almost 4,000 claims of discriminatory behaviour by police officers, including racism and misogyny, 10,000 over the use of force, 1,400 accusations of corruption and abuse of position and more than 200 of alleged sexual misconduct.

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