PUBLIC TRUST IN POLICE DROPPING AS COMPLAINTS RISE

September 24, 2009 12:00 AM

Commenting on police complaint figures released today showing a 28% rise in allegations against South Wales Police and a 13% rise in the number of complaint cases, Jenny Willott, Welsh Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central, said:

"These figures are yet further evidence of the long term decline in public trust and confidence in the police.

"Complaints and allegations against South Wales Police are rising at an increasing rate and the high proportion of allegations of oppressive conduct by South Wales Police officers is particularly worrying.

"It is also worrying that South Wales Police are the worst at recording the ethnicity of complainants. This is vital to ensure trust in the police amongst local ethnic minority communities.

"While the police have a difficult job and are often under a lot of pressure, they need to show that they take complaints seriously and that they listen to public feedback.

"For the Police to be able to do their job well, they need the public's trust and confidence. The figures released today show that they still have some way to go."

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