Complaints against police down

There has been a reduction in the number of complaints made by the public against police officers, Director of the Public Complaints Investigation Division (PCID) of the National Police Commission (NPC) J. Paranamanna said.

It was a healthy sign to see that there were only 817 complaints up to July2008, as compared to the 1216 in the corresponding period last year, he said.

The highest number of complaints was recorded from Colombo with 208 as against 320 in 2007.

Complaints against Police inaction reached 263 followed while there 189 complaints of abuse of power, 105 partiality, 55 assault, 39 for unlawful arrest and detention, 30 for framing false charges and remanding.

There were 23 complaints of torture, five complaints of harassment of women and children and child abuse.

There were five complaints of death in Police custody, two internal complaints and one fatal accident involving Police officers and Police vehicles.

Legal action has been taken in three cases, one officer has been interdicted and seven charge sheeted while four were warned.

28 complaints were withdrawn whilst 18 false were found to be false and 24 were amicably settled.

Forty one complaints were settled to the satisfaction of the complainants with subsequent action taken by the Police. Of these 19 were advised to file civil action.

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