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Independent Office for Police Conduct

The IOPC today replaces the Independent Police Complaints Commission Commission. The Home Office has stated that the IOPC will have the powers to:

  • initiate its own investigations without relying on a force to record and refer a particular case for investigation;
  • reopen cases it has closed where there are compelling reasons, such as new evidence;
  • increase its independence from the police by abolishing ‘managed’ and ‘supervised’ investigations;
  • investigate all disciplinary investigations against chief officers; and
  • present cases against officers in the police disciplinary process when the force disagrees with the IOPC’s findings.

The announcement is here. The website of the IOPC is https://policeconduct.gov.uk.