Police ‘enabling dangerous officers’ with high rate of complaint failures in England and Wales

An Observer investigation has revealed 40% of internal inquiries into serious accusations were overturned on review

Campaigners are calling for the police to be stopped from “marking their own homework”, after the Observer found 40% of internal investigations by forces into serious complaints were overturned following independent reviews.

This newspaper identified 1,532 finalised complaint cases from April 2022 to March 2023 involving forces in England and Wales where the outcome was found to be “not reasonable and proportionate” after a review.

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