Figures are ‘misleading’

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Northumbria Police has claimed that procedural changes are the reason why the number of complaints against the force almost doubled in a year.

It was revealed this week that the figure for 2013/14 was 794 – a 98 per cent increase on the 2012/13 total of 401.

Deputy chief constable Steve Ashman said: “There was a significant drop in the number of complaints in 2012/13 from 2011/12, which was down to the different way that the force chose to categorise complaints that year. We then went back to the previous way of recording complaints and, as expected, the number rose giving this misleading figure of a 98 per cent rise, but we know there are improvements to be made.”