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  1. Published on: 08/01/2018 08:11 AMReported by: roving-eye


    The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is the reformed police watchdog, previously known as the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

    New leadership under a director general will mean speedier decision-making with a new board to ensure greater accountability to the public.

    This is the latest step in the Home Office’s reforms to strengthen the organisation and will lead to new powers.

    The new single executive head will ensure clear lines of accountability and a streamlined decision-making process.

    As well as these changes, the Policing and Crime Act 2017 includes further provisions which will increase the IOPC’s powers, clarify its investigative processes and further safeguard its independence. The major reforms were announced by Prime Minister Theresa May during her time as Home Secretary and these powers will allow the IOPC 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 the IOPC’s independence from the police by abolishing ‘managed’ and ‘supervised’ investigations

    investigate all disciplinary investigations against chief officers

    present cases against officers in the police disciplinary process when the force disagrees with the IOPC’s findings

    Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Nick Hurd said:

    We are absolutely determined to make the police complaints and discipline systems simpler and more transparent for the benefit of the public. We want confidence in policing to continue to grow and be underpinned by the vital role the reformed IOPC will play.

    Under the leadership of Michael Lockwood and the newly appointed board, it will provide powerful scrutiny for policing, with new powers to begin investigations when they are deemed appropriate and be decisive in concluding cases.

    Director General of the Independent Office of Police Conduct Michael Lockwood said:

    Public confidence in policing is best served by robust and independent oversight. People need to know that when things go wrong, or serious allegations are made about police officers, they will be thoroughly investigated by a truly independent body. That’s the role of the IOPC; it’s crucial work, and I’m proud to be a part of it.

    The IOPC, like the IPCC before it, will continue to investigate the most serious and sensitive matters involving the police, including deaths and serious injuries as well as matters such as allegations of corruption. It will also oversee the complaints system in England and Wales and set the standards by which complaints should be handled by the police.

    The Home Office is also pleased to announce the appointment of new board members Geoffrey Podger as senior independent director, and Manjit Gill, Catherine Jervis, Mary Lines, Andrew Harvey and Bill Matthews as non-executive directors. The non-executive directors will form the majority of the new board, and provide independent support and challenge to the director general as well as oversight of the overall running of the organisation.

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  3. Little Londoner says:08/01/2018 11:16 AM
    Seems there is money to Police the dwindling numbers of Police, pity that the Police were allowed to decline to the gutter level they are now performing at in the first place by this so called "party of law & order".

    Along with the Railways/NHS/Utilities/Councils/Roads/Industry the legacy of this demented shower of supposed "Superior" beings will take years and years and £billions and £billions to even scrape the surface of improvement. But worry not at least the Super Rich can leave more inheritance and pay less tax.


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