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PCA ANNUAL REPORT SHOWS 41% RISE IN POLICE DISCIPLINARY CHARGES

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The independent Police Complaints Authority took the final decision ...
The independent Police Complaints Authority took the final decision

that 333 disciplinary charges should be preferred against police

officers in 1998-99; a rise 41 per cent on the year before.

The authority also:

- supervised the investigations into 761 serious allegations

against police officers, of which more than half were

allegations that officers caused death or serious injury;

- supervised a record 194 investigations into matters voluntarily

referred by the police service. These included:

- 65 deaths in police care or custody

- 29 road traffic incidents involving police vehicles

- 9 firearms incidents;

- reviewed the detailed evidence in 4,134 fully-investigated

cases;

- preferred 333 disciplinary charges and 861 other disciplinary

actions such as admonishments,

The total of 1,194 disciplinary outcomes represents 29 per cent of

the 4,134 fully-investigated cases, compared to 26 per cent last

year

The CPS brought charges against 28 officers as a result of public

complaint investigations, compared to 18 in 1997-98.

One in three corruption allegations, one in five accusations of

sexual assault and one in five allegations of failures in duty led to

disciplinary action being taken.

Analysis of those who complained against police in 1998-99

Male 80% Female 20%

Age: under 25 30%

25-44 56%

45+ 14%

Ethnicity:

White 73%

Black 11%

Asian 5%

Other 1%

Unknown 10%

Notes

1 The authority's year ended on 31 March 1999.

2 The 1998/99 Annual Report of the independent Police Complaints

Authority, HC553. The Stationery Office Ltd. London, ISBN

0-10-270499-6.

3 Readers can be referred to: www.nds.coi.gov.uk

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