MPs criticise police complaints watchdog the IPCC

04Apr09

ipcc_logooriginally published: 30th March 2009

The Commons Public Accounts Committee PAC said the Independent Police Complaints Commission IPCC had “limited” evidence of the impact of its own work as responsibility for monitoring was unclear.

It said there was a “lack of clarity” over the issue and called on the Home Office to ensure there was a “clear and well-established line of accountability.”

The IPCC probes complaints about police officers and staff in England and Wales and has statutory duty to investigate cases involving death or serious injury at the hands of the police.

In its latest report, the PAC called on the IPCC to tighten up procedures and introduce a “robust” quality framework. It should also bring in external scrutiny of a sample of its cases to give the public assurance about how it handles investigations and appeals.

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