Independent Police Complaints Commission
HC 494, Eleventh Report of Session 2012-13 - Report, together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons - Home Affairs Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
When public trust in the police is tested by complaints of negligence, misconduct and corruption, a strong watchdog is vital to get to the truth; but the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) leaves the public frustrated, faithless and bewildered by its continued reliance on the very forces it is investigating, according to the report 'Independent Police Complaints Commission (HC 494)'.
The IPCC investigated just a handful of cases and often arrived at the scene late when the trail had gone cold. Serious cases involving police corruption or misconduct are left under-investigated, while the Commission devotes resources to less serious complaints.
It is woefully underequipped to supervise the 43 forces of England and Wales, before even considering the UK Border Agency, HM Revenue & Customs, National Crime Agency and all the private sector agencies involved in policing.
It is buried under the weight of poor police investigations and bound by its limited powers.
The Committee makes a number of recommendations including:
The Commission should be given a statutory power to require a force to implement its findings and in the most serious cases, the Commission should instigate a 'year on review' to ensure that its recommendations have been properly carried out.
In the most serious cases, the Commission should be given a statutory power to require a force to implement its findings.
The Commission's jurisdiction should be extended to cover private sector contractors.
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