Just 16 out of 557 as­sault claims up­held

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Three-year Conversion To Led Bulbs -

A po­lice chief has de­fended Kent’s of­fi­cers af­ter it was re­vealed that 557 as­sault claims were lodged against them in four years, be­tween 2011 and Novem­ber last year.

Of those, just 16 com­plaints were up­held – and none of those re­sulted in dis­missal, a BBC in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed.

But Ch Supt Neil Jerome said the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of Kent po­lice of­fi­cers car­ried out their du­ties pro­fes­sion­ally.

He added: “The small mi­nor­ity of those of­fi­cers who have fallen below the high level of ser­vice ex­pected of them will be fully in­ves­ti­gated by the Pro­fes­sional Stan­dards Depart­ment.

“All the al­le­ga­tions re­ceived were in­ves­ti­gated. How­ever a small num­ber were up­held and a dis­ci­plinary pro­ce­dure fol­lowed when ap­pro­pri­ate.”

He added: “Of­ten po­lice are faced with vi­o­lent, dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions where they must re­store or­der quickly to pre­vent harm to the pub­lic.

“Of­fi­cers may use rea­son­able force when deal­ing with th­ese sit­u­a­tions and in the vast ma­jor­ity of in­stances re­store calm to volatile sit­u­a­tions with­out in­ci­dent.”

In 2014/15 the force’s con­trol room took more than 825,000 calls for help.

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