Complaints against Scottish police drop

The number of complaints against Scottish police forces has fallen for the first time in four years, according to figures released today.

The report looks into complaints from the public against the country's eight police forces as well as other UK and Scottish police bodies operating in Scotland.

Although the number of overall complaint cases decreased by 6 per cent, there were three police forces who saw a rise in complaints. The largest increase was recorded by Northern Constabulary, with 272 complaints, a rise of 55 per cent.

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Tayside Police recorded an increase of 11 per cent while the Grampian force saw complaints jump by 8 per cent.

At the other end of the table, Fife Constabulary posted the biggest fall with 340 received, 16 per cent down on last year.