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