Complaints to police revealed

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Crime story

ABUSIVE, rude, aggressive, used excessive force and applied handcuffs too tightly were among the complaints levelled at Wigan police officers last year.

The Evening Post can reveal details of the grievances for the first time following a spike in incivility claims by members of the public.

We are currently in the process of delivering Codes of Ethics briefings to all police officers and police staff across the division with emphasis on the policing principles of honesty, respect, integrity and fairness

GMP spokesman

A report covering 2013/14 showed 108 complaints were levelled by borough residents of which 25 were concluded by “local handling”.

This refers to cases where even if the allegation was proven it would not justify further action against the officer in question. Or, when an apology has been offered to the complainant.

Included in the list of complaints, obtained through a Freedom of Information request, were incidents where officers were accused of;

Frog-marching a resident outside of their house “causing embarrassment”

Handcuffing the complainant too tightly and using CS gas unnecessarily

Making an unlawful arrest and placing the complainant in custody

Suggesting a woman had been smoking cannabis and then making an inappropriate comment to her fiance

Laughing at the complainant after he or she had accused the officer of speeding

Greater Manchester Police said the number of complaints has fallen in recent months and officers have been reminded of code of ethics principles.

A force spokesman said the improvement was “encouraging but we are certainly not taking this for granted.”

And added: “We are currently in the process of delivering Codes of Ethics briefings to all police officers and police staff across the division with emphasis on the policing principles of honesty, respect, integrity and fairness. “The aim of this is to support each individual member of the policing profession to deliver the highest professional standards in their service to the public.

“Our most recent data for October to December 2014 shows a reduction in both the numbers of complaints and the numbers of allegations within those complaints as against the same period in 2013.”

The number of complaints across the force as a whole for “incivility, impoliteness and intolerance” in 2013/14 saw a rise from 491 to 703 from the previous year.