Reform of IPCC welcomed

08 March 2016

A reform of the Independent Police Complaints Commission is a step in the right direction.

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has announced her intention to bring forward amendments to the Policing and Crime Bill to create a new governance model for the police complaints body.

The existing governance model was no longer suitable, and will be overhauled, she said. The changes will include the organisation being headed by a director general, appointed by Her Majesty the Queen, who will be accountable for individual casework decisions

The IPCC will also have its named changed to the Office for Police Conduct.

Mrs May said: “At a time when the IPCC is growing as an organisation to take on all serious and sensitive cases, it needs to be more streamlined, more responsive to the public, and better able to cope with the cases it is taking on.”

The new name, Office for Police, Conduct would better reflect the expanded role investigating serious and sensitive matters, Mrs May said.

Alex Duncan, lead on conduct and performance for Police Federation of England and Wales, said news was welcomed.

“We entirely agree that the IPPC’s governance structure was in need of reform and believe this proposal by the Home Secretary is a move in the right direction.

“We also agree with the remit that public confidence in a police complaints system is important, however, we are disappointed to see that consideration of the Police Service’s confidence in the system is not also a key priority.”

The announcement follows an independent review by Shelia Drew Smith the Home Office’s recent consultation on changes to the governance of the IPPC. You can read the Government’s response to the consultation here