APCC response to IOPC Annual Police Complaints Statistics


Responding to the IOPC Publication of Annual Police Complaints Statistics 2018/19

APCC Transparency and Integrity Lead, Julia Mulligan PFCC, said

“This report shines a light on the work of local police complaints team up and down the country and gives local Commissioners a good insight into local practices. What it doesn’t do is give a huge amount of insight into the quality of work these teams do, and more importantly still, whether policing is learning any lessons from those cases. In future the IOPC need to do more to understand quality, both in terms of their own work but also their oversight of police complaints across the board.  

“The number of appeals upheld by the IOPC continues to be too high, implying too many decisions being made at a local level are inappropriate.  This is one of a number of reasons why I welcome Commissioner’s being able to take a much stronger role in the local complaints process if they so wish, refocusing the system on learning and improvement, and ensuring complainants get a fair hearing.”


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You can view the published IOPC Annual Police Complaints Statistics here.