What is the role of the IPCC?

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has a statutory duty to promote public confidence in the police complaints system.

They investigate the most serious complaints and allegations of misconduct against the police in England and Wales. These complaints are referred to the IPCC by police forces. The IPCC may decide to investigate an incident using its own investigators (referred to as an independent investigation). Alternatively, it can manage or supervise a police investigation into the matter.

The IPCC will only conduct independent investigations into incidents that cause the greatest level of public concern - for example, deaths in or following police custody. In these cases you will be updated by the IPCC regarding the progress and outcome of the investigation and you will not be provided with a right of appeal.

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