Two in five people in the South East aren't confident their complaints to the police are fairly dealt with according to a survey by the IPCC.
Out of 4000 people surveyed, 39% were either not very or not at all confident that the police would deal with their complaints against them fairly.
However, 72% of people were happy with their recent contact with police and 74% admitted they were willing to complain if they weren't happy with how a police officer behaved or handled a matter they were involved in.
IPCC Chair, Dame Anne Owers said, "This survey shows that too many people are still either unsure of how to make a complaint about the police or don’t believe their complaint will be dealt with fairly."
A man is due in court charged with causing the deaths of two cyclists in Berkshire.
John Morland, who was 30-years-old, and 39-year-old Kris Jarvis were cycling along the A329 in Purley-on-Thames when they collided with a car.
Alexander Walter was arrested following their deaths.
He faces two charges of causing death by dangerous driving after his black BMW went out of control at speed on a corner.
Mr Jarvis and Mr Morland had been out on one of their regular training rides at the time they were killed on the evening of February 13th this year.
An Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation into the death of a man at Gatwick airport has found no evidence of misconduct, after police used a taser gun to restrain him. The investigation found that Sussex Police officers acted appropriately by restraining Ernestas Anikinas.
Officers approached him as he was self inflicting neck injuries. Two officers used Tasers on Mr Anikinas which made him drop a broken bottle. He was restrained and officers administered first aid. Paramedics arrived but Mr Anikinas was pronounced dead at 4.20am.
The IPCC investigation, which concluded in August 2012, found no evidence of any criminal or misconduct offences but publication of the findings has awaited the inquest. On Wednesday, 10 April, an inquest jury at Horsham Coroner’s Court returned a verdict that Mr Anikinas took his own life.
A driver has died in a collision in Surrey after failing to stop for a police car. Surrey police said the driver and sole occupant of the silver Lexus died in Felcourt Road in Lingfield on Thursday evening.
The car was involved in collisions with three other vehicles. The force hasn't said whether the vehicle was being pursued by police, but the matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. It has decided that Surrey Police should carry out the investigation.
The driver and sole occupant of the Lexus was pronounced dead at the scene. The occupants of one of the other vehicles were taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, where the driver is being treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries. The passenger was treated for minor injuries.
Following a fatal collision in Felcourt Road, Lingfield on Thursday the Independent Police Complaints Commission has decided to refer the matter to Surrey Police for local investigation.
Having attended the scene of the collision and then Surrey Police Headquarters, where they listened to the recording of the pursuit, IPCC investigators have advised that the investigation can be carried out by Surrey Police.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating a complaint from the mother of an 11-year-old girl, about the way her daughter has been handled by Sussex Police.
The child, whose name has not been revealed, has Smith-Magenis Syndrome which has symptoms similar to autism.
Officers came into contact with the girl five times between 2nd February and 2nd March 2012 in Horsham and the surrounding area. Each time she was physically restrained, on four of those occasions she was arrested and taken to a police station. She was held overnight two times.
The girl's mother complained in July 2012 about police management of the issue, the way her daughter was restrained 'which appear to have included handcuffs and leg restraints' and the decisions to hold her in cells overnight. Sussex Police referred the case to the IPCC on 12th December 2012.
Hampshire Police say that they are continuously working to improve their service following the announcement that complaints against the force have risen 26%.
Fewer complaints have been made against forces in the South according to new figures released by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
- Dorset Police received 363 complaints in 2011/2012, 410 complaints were made against the force in 2010/2011, a fall of 11%.
Sussex Police received 706 complaints in 2011/2012, 745 complaints were made against the force in 2010/2011, a fall of 5%.
Surrey Police received 648 complaints in 2011/2012, 672 complaints were made against the force in 2010/2011, a fall of 4%.
- Thames Valley Police received 1,045 complaints in 2011/2012, 1,147 complaints were made against the force in 2010/2011, a fall of 9%.
New figures released by the IPCC show a rise in complaints made against Wiltshire Police.
421 complaints were made against the force in 2011/2012.
408 complaints were made in 2010/2011, a rise of 3%.
Fewer complaints were recorded against Kent Police, Sussex Police and Essex Police between 2011/12.
- Essex Police received 838 complaints in 2011/12, 880 complaints were recorded against the force in 2010/2011, a fall of 5%.
- Kent Police received 742 complaints in 2011/2012, 778 complaints were recorded against the force in 2010/2011, a fall of 5%.
- Sussex Police received 706 complaints in 2011/2012, 745 complaints were recorded against the force in 2010/2011, a fall of 5%.