http://menmedia.co.u...o-their-conduct Not good news for the GMP to have stories like this in the press.
A total of 26 officers resigned from Greater Manchester Police over 12 months after investigations were launched into their conduct, the M.E.N. can reveal.
Details released through Freedom of Information show the public complained 1,374 times about GMP officers and staff in 2010.
This figure was a significant drop on the 2009 figures – when 2,167 complaints were made.
In the vast majority of the 2010 cases, officers were cleared or the complaints were resolved through mediation.
Among those who resigned were a detective accused of faking a scientific report into a rape case. Det Con Dominic Griffiths, who was based at Grey Mare Lane, handed in his notice last October after the force started to investigate the allegation. He has now been warned he faces jail after he pleaded guilty to three counts of misconduct in the public office.
Another cop who resigned was Michael Fletcher, from Rochdale, who later admitted having sex with a suicidal women he had been sent to help. He admitted two charges of misconduct in a public office and was jailed for 32 months.
Force bosses upheld cases against a further 30 officers for complaints including assault, failure in duty and disclosing private information.
But the force, which employs 8,000 officers, said none were formally disciplined over the complaints.
The most common complaints was of rudeness and incivility. 516 allegations were made against officers – only eight of which were upheld. The second most common complaints were of assault. Of 411 allegations, only one case was upheld.
A total of 339 complaints were also made over neglect or failure in duty, with nine allegations upheld. Force bosses also upheld seven instances of improper access to sensitive information and five cases of mishandling of property.
Chief Insp Mike Dawson, from GMP’s Professional Standards Branch, said: “GMP thoroughly and robustly investigates all complaints made by the public. In cases where a complaint is investigated and upheld, depending on the severity of the complaint, a formal discipline may not be the most suitable form of action to take.
Other methods used include words of advice, management action and measures put in place to manage and deal with unsatisfactory performance.”
There has also been a huge rise in the number of civil cases brought against the force.
In 2009/10, 237 letters of claim were submitted by the public, officers and staff.
The figure was the highest in five years, up from 174 previously. The force refuted 148 cases and settled 85, with the remainder dealt with in court.
The cost of all claims against the force last year, which include the costs of forced entries into homes, crashes involving GMP vehicles and compensation to employees, was £1.5m.
Revealed: 26 police officers quit over probes into their conduct
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Just because the complaint was not upheld does not make it malicious. If the complainant has a higher expectation and makes a complaint regarding rudeness, which is not upheld, are you suggesting that they are prosecuted?
I said "if a complaint is found to be malicious" not: "if a complaint is unsubstantiated".
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