Rise in complaints against Cumbria Police

Statistics by the IPCC report that there has been a rise in complaints against Cumbria police in the last year.

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32% rise of complaints against Cumbria police

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner says he isn't surprised or disappointed about a rise in complaints against officers in the county.

It's emerged that allegations made against the force increased from 388, in 2012 to 2013, to 513 over the past twelve months.

That's a rise of 32 per cent. However, Richard Rhodes says when you look at the number of complaints upheld, the force is doing well compared to others. Katie Hunter reports.

Richard Rhodes 'not surprised' by rise in complaints

The number of complaints made against Cumbria police has risen by more than 30 percent in the past 12 months.

513 allegations were made between July 2013 and 2014, including some of unprofessional conduct. Police say that the numbers, which have been discussed in a meeting in Penrith, remain below the national average.

Nine of the complaints were upheld by the independent police watchdog. Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria Police says he's 'not surprised'.

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Complaints rise by a third against Cumbria Police

Complaints against Cumbria Police have increased by almost a third this year compared to last year.

The biggest percentage rise was in allegations of discrimination which went up from one to eight. The force says none of those complaints has been upheld.

Overall there were 513 allegations this year compared to 388 in the previous 12 months.

Cumbria Police has the third lowest number of allegations upheld nationally.

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