Independent Office for Police Conduct
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