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Complaints and Conduct

Complaints against the Police and Crime Commissioner.
None of the Complaints that have been brought to the attention of the Commissioner have been upheld by the Police and Crime Panel.
Alun Michael was first elected as the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales on 21 November 2012 and then re-elected on the 5 May 2016 with 204,874 votes (68.1%). A majority of 108,814 votes over his nearest rival.
During this entire period only 7 complaints have been brought to the attention of the Police and Crime Panel. The Specified Information Order only requires the Commissioner to list the actual number of complaints (whether or not they are substantiated). In the interests of transparency Alun Michael has provided further details about each complaint in the table below. The identity of the complainants has not been published in order to respect their confidentiality.

Date Nature of Complaint Outcome
11.03.13 Allegation that the Commissioner had not responded adequately to a letter. Complaint not upheld by the Panel.
20.06.13 Complaint that the Commissioner had not received an adequate response to his emails. Whilst the complaint was not upheld by the Panel it was accepted that emails could have been acknowledged more quickly however this was at a time when the team was being set up and the volume of work was high. Following the appointment of staff the team was better placed to respond more quickly.
02.08.13 The complainant alleged that the Commissioner and the Chief Constable had covered up serious offences and that the Commissioner had perverted the course of justice in connection with the treatment of their son. No evidence was submitted to support the allegation and it was not upheld by the Panel.
07.08.13 Allegation of a failure to respond to correspondence and neglect. Complaint not upheld by the Panel.
15.09.14 Allegation that the Commissioner had not responded adequately to a complaint against the Chief Constable. Original substantive complaint – not upheld although the Panel considered the Commissioner could have informed the complainant earlier that he had no authority to investigate his complaint.
24.09.14 Complaint of a failure to respond to correspondence. Complaint resolved following a personal presentation to the complainants by the Commissioner.
21.09.15 Allegation that the Commissioner had failed to respond adequately to the complainant. Complaint not upheld by the Panel.

 

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