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The Police Public Complaints Authority (PPCA) has disclosed that it received 96 fewer complaints in the 2004/2005 fiscal year, than in the previous fiscal period, reflecting a decrease of some 26 per cent.This information is contained in the PPCA’s annual report, which was tabled in the House of Representatives yesterday (July 25).
The report detailed that a total of 692 cases were under investigation by the Authority, with 319 cases being brought forward from the 2003/2004 fiscal year. Of the complaints that were registered with the PPCA, the majority of complaints were against the rank of corporal and below. Although the majority numbered some 309 cases, it showed an overall decrease of four per cent over the previous fiscal period.
The report further indicated that complaints against the ranks of district constable decreased by 44 per cent from 50 to 28 cases. In respect of other classification of police officers, the complaints against inspectors and sergeants decreased by 32 per cent falling from 63 to 43 cases.
Meanwhile, there was a marked decrease of 50 per cent in the number of complaints lodged against the ranks of superintendent and above, with 11 cases reported in the review period, as compared with the 22 cases for the 2003/2004.
In respect of the complaints against unidentified policemen, such cases also trended downwards, decreasing from 39 to 20, exhibiting a 49 per cent reduction.
Complaints against police stations also decreased by 15 per cent, with 61 cases being reported compared with the 72 to 61 cases reported in 2003/2004.
The PPCA’s analysis of complaints for the period further revealed that the category of assault had the highest amount of complaints, and while there were 153 complaints lodged with the Authority, it reflected a reduction of some 17 per cent.
There was similar decrease in the complaints in the category of unbecoming conduct, moving from 225 to 136 cases. However, the category of abuse of power increased by 46 per cent, moving from 13 to 19 cases.
The report provided a breakdown of the age groups and parishes to which complaints were lodged. Accordingly, the 21 to 30 age group recorded the highest number of complaints, although there was a decrease from 165 to 136 cases. Of the total, 103 complainants were male.
Meanwhile, Kingston and St. Andrew had the highest number of complaints, with 137 cases recorded. This number however was 37 per cent less than in the previous fiscal year, which recorded 195 cases. St. James was second with 56 complaints, the same as the year before; and St. Catherine was third, with 43 complaints, reflecting a 51 per cent decrease, from 87 cases in the 2003/2004 financial year.