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Bullying tops North Yorkshire Police staff complaints

Bullying at work is the top complaint made by staff at North Yorkshire Police, figures have shown.

The force's equality and diversity reports show that 20 complaints were made over an 18-month period between April 2010 and September 2011.

A union representative said he was dealing with "one or two complaints per week".

North Yorkshire Police said it was working with unions to address the issue.

John Mackfall, branch secretary for Unison, said: "The amount that actually go through to be formal grievances are few.

"Sometimes they cannot provide that supporting evidence to be able to take that further forward, or that they are not willing to put their head above the parapet, for whatever personal reasons they have."

'Dismissing bullying'

According to the Police Federation, the body that represents rank and file officers, one of the main complaints is with managers not allowing flexible working.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: "Bullying and inappropriate leadership is not something that we would support.

"We're working with the union around our policy, procedure and approach to dismissing bullying within the workplace.

"We're working very closely with Unison around that, to make sure we are taking onboard the most recent guidance as well as how best as an employer to combat bullying in the workplace."

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