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Merseyside Police Quarterly Figures

Period: April – September 2014.

Adam Quick is a civil advisor and Trainee Solicitor who specialises in Actions against the Police. – See more at:

For some time I have been concerned about the way complaints are handled in England and Wales.

Attached is the most recent statistics from Merseyside Police regarding how they deal with complaints. It shows a comparison to other forces but it is not the comparison that I am concerned with.
If you take a look at the attached link you will find that Merseyside Police are neither the best or worst performers across the country but is a more startling fact is that , to date, 53% of cases that have been referred to the IPCC for appeal have been upheld. I recently wrote an article about the

IPCC being a myth, how the Police Force tend to avoid them (in my experience) in order to keep matters in-house, or so it would appear.
This statistic alone, in my view, confirms my assertion. To me, this indicates a number of things;
• The Police force are not sufficiently trained to manage complaints, they have limited knowledge or training.
• There appears to be a reluctance to name the IPCC as the appropriate appeals body
• The IPCC are a more sufficiently trained and independent organisation to deal with complaints than that of its alternative “The Chief Constable’s Office”.
What it may also confirm is that locally investigated complaints are generically “swept under the carpet”. 53% is a substantial figure. That means that over half of complaints referred to the IPCC for appeal are upheld and that the IPCC in most circumstances do not agree with Merseyside Police own investigation.
I have been calling for a return to the old system, that pre November 2012, whereby the IPCC were the mandatory appeals body for all complaints. I do wonder what the figures would be if the IPCC were the appeals body in all matters. Higher than 53%?

Other noticeable findings;
• Breaches of Code C are most common in Merseyside, out of the relevant codes of practice. Code C deals with detention, treatment and questioning.
• Although, unlawful arrest allegations (usually Code G) were higher.
• Merseyside Police ranks 3rd bottom with respect to upholding complaints, a staggering 10% only upheld.
• Lancashire Police uphold 30% of allegations in comparison.
• On average it takes 149 days to finalise a local investigation complaint.

One of the biggest figures in this report was the fact that only 10% of complaints are upheld in Merseyside. This is a staggering figure which again, confirms my previous blogs that the IPCC would appear to be much more competent and importantly, independent, than the local Police force to handle complaints. Public trust in the Police is dwindling and figures shown above do little to restore any confidence that once was.

Question: Are only 10% of these complaints truthful?

My suspicion is that they are not, although there is some acceptance that evidence is not always available. However, I am pretty sure that there is a substantial amount of these complaints where there lay some truth; particularly given Lancashire Police statistics (upheld over 30% of all complaints).

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