Just 16 out of 557 assault claims upheld
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.