Independent Investigation into Complaints Against Police Officers

“The Commission cannot improve confidence in policing if the public have low confidence in the IPCC itself. The IPCC plays a vital role in ensuring fair play in policing and improving public confidence in the police forces”

Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chair of the Home Affairs Committee

The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) was replaced by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) after the report was published in 1999 due to this recommendation. This new Commission appears to be truly independent from the police and seems to have increased the confidence in people to file complaints.

However critical voices outline that the IPCC only looks on the part of the police and does not actively consider the view of the complainant.

An example illustrating the improvements made within the police forces through the monitoring of the IPCC is that statistics in one region of the UK showed higher figures than in other areas of the country with regards to stop and search. The IPCC made use of its mandate and pressured the respective police service to act resulting in a decrease of 70% in stop and searches.

© Büro zur Umsetzung von Gleichbehandlung e.V. 2011