Hundreds of allegations of misconduct have been made against police officers in Tayside over the past four years, the Tele can reveal.
Between April 2014 and November 2017, there were 410 complaints made against officers in D Division, which covers Dundee, Angus and Perth and Kinross.
Of those complaints, 266 were upheld — with three officers “dismissed without notice” for their conduct.
Complaints against police include “conduct likely to bring discredit”, “neglect of duty” and “wilful or careless falsehood”, among other misdemeanours.
The figures peaked in the financial year 2015/16, when 221 complaints were made and 183 upheld.
Since then, numbers have dropped, with 70 allegations made the following year and only 20 upheld, and 31 complaints made and nine upheld between April and November 2017.
Scottish Conservative justice spokesman Liam Kerr said taxpayers would be concerned about the figures, but praised the “transparency” of the complaints process.
He said: “Police officers must uphold the law while complying with exacting public standards.
“Any allegation of misconduct must be treated seriously and these figures suggest the approach in Tayside has been effective.
“One overwhelming positive is that the number of complaints upheld has dropped substantially over the past two years.
“While taxpayers will be concerned to find out so many of the allegations were upheld in 2015, particularly 103 cases of neglecting duty, it is obvious all complaints are being dealt with transparently.”
A spokesman for the Scottish Police Authority said: “The SPA and Police Scotland have clear expectations of our police officers and police staff which are outlined in a code of conduct and standards of professional behaviour.
“One of the first acts of the new SPA chairwoman has been to establish a dedicated complaints and conduct committee to provide a renewed focus on these matters, which is an important part of building trust and confidence in policing.”
Police Scotland was approached for a response but declined to comment.