Research and statistics
Our research and statistics provide insight on the police complaints system and the levels of public confidence in it. We collect information on complaints that forces have logged, the nature of deaths during or following police contact, and data from our public confidence surveys.
Collecting this data allows us to spot trends and focus our resources on areas where forces may need to make changes to improve the service they provide to their communities.
Police complaints statisticsLearn all about complaints that police forces have logged by reading our annual police complaints statistics. We also produce quarterly bulletins for all police forces.
Annual deaths during or following police contact statisticsRead statistics on the nature and circumstances of deaths during or following police contact, which we publish annually.
Deaths in custody and near misses in police custody
Road traffic incidents
Read our past reports relating to road traffic incidents.
Use of force
- Read our 2016 use of force report and recommendations, which includes analysis of complaints, referrals and appeals, plus insight.
- See numbers at a glance in our Organisational Data Service tables.
- Find out more about public and professional views and perceptions on the use of police force in a report prepared on our behalf by the social research organisation TNS BMRB.
- Download a prompt sheet for voluntary groups with questions for forces about how they are responding to recommendations.
Public confidence of people with mental health concerns in the police complaints system
Our report describes findings from a research project we commissioned. It was conducted by the Institute of Mental Health between January 2018 and September 2018. The aim of the research was to explore the confidence that people with mental health concerns have in the police complaints system and their likelihood of, and ability, to engage with it.