SOUTH Yorkshire Police has defended its handling of complaints as “robust” after being criticised by a watchdog.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission listed the force as one of four nationally which had taken longer last year to resolve allegationsagainst itself every year for the past four years.
South Yorkshire received 607 complaints in 2016/7 — up five (one per cent) on the previous year — although the total number of allegations involved was down nine (one per cent) from 1,170 to 1,161.
Of 903 allegations finalised in 2016/7, just 61 per cent were resolved “locally” without further investigation, with 21 per cent leading to an investigation.
The average time to finalise complaint cases was 99 days.