It has been reported that Strathclyde Police cannot be held accountable by the public or the Strathclyde Police Authority in terms of its level of complaints as the force has been under-recording the number of complaints it has received.
In Scotland the average number of complaints per 10,000 incidents is 17.5, however Strathclyde had recorded figures producing an average of 12.2 complaints per 10,000 incidents. The fact that it would appear that Strathclyde Police is failing to record complaints appropriately is of great concern. The police as public servants must be accountable to the public.
Strathclyde Police is the largest force in Scotland covering 5,371 square miles and almost 2.3m people. Overall the force is performing well with an increased detection rate and a fall in recorded crime for crimes of violence, indecency, dishonesty, vandalism and malicious misconduct, and drugs resulting on more than 18,000 fewer offences recorded by Strathclyde Police.
Strathclyde Police has been approached for its input, but has yet to respond.