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Number of complaints on the rise

Complaints against three North East police forces have risen in the last year. Durham Police saw an increase of 22%, Northumbria of 12% and Cleveland of 2%.

Cleveland Police had the highest number of allegations in the country, relative to its size, with 378 allegations recorded for every 1,000 employees, followed by North Yorkshire Police.

"While we have seen an overall increase in complaints and allegations made, it’s important that people come forward so that we can learn the lessons from their experiences and improve our service to members of the public. We expect our officers and police staff to deliver a service with high standards of integrity and professionalism, and when this is found not to be the case, appropriate action will be taken."

– Superintendent Martin Campbell, Head of the Force’s Professional Standards Department, Cleveland Police

IPCC Commissioner says Sean Price "almost got away with it"

Nicholas Long, Commissioner of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, said Sean Price almost got away with deceiving their investigation.

He told reporters that Mr Price had lied and put pressure on a member of staff to lie on his behalf.

Mr Long said the former Chief Constable used his position to order people to do as he wished and said his standards fell far below those expected of someone in his position.

Cleveland Police Investigation file passed to CPS

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has passed a file relating to the two most senior officers at Cleveland police to the Crown Prosecution Service and Cleveland Police Authority.

The file relates to conduct allegations made against Ch Con Sean Price and Dep Ch Con Derek Bonnard.

The investigation was conducted under IPCC management by Keith Bristow, Director General (Designate) of the National Crime Agency.

Mr Bristow is continuing with his separate criminal investigation, Operation Sacristy, into allegations against Mr Price, Mr Bonnard and others.

In addition, an IPCC independent investigation into conduct allegations that Mr Price used undue influence to have an individual appointed to a role within the force has concluded and the report has been forwarded to Cleveland Police Authority.


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