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Evidence session on the police complaints system and the role of the IOPC

25 January 2021

The Home Affairs Committee holds the first session of its new inquiry into police conduct and complaints on Wednesday 27 January when it takes evidence from the Police Action Lawyers Group, INQUEST, the Police Federation of England and Wales and Police Superintendents’ Association.

Purpose of the session

In this opening session of the inquiry, the Committee will explore with PALG and INQUEST the impact of the process on individuals and families who have experienced it, including in cases following deaths in police custody. It will also hear from representatives of police officers and staff who have been subject to complaints and investigations, about the impact this has had on them.

Questioning is expected to focus on the role and remit of the Independent Office for Police Conduct in relation to the police complaints system. It will look at how the IOPC and police forces in England and Wales are working to resolve complaints and the extent to which progress has been made to reform the system including the response to criticisms of timeliness in investigations. It will also investigate the impact of recent reforms to the system more broadly and ask if more is needed to secure public confidence in the police complaints and disciplinary systems.


From 10.00am

Panel 1

  • Deborah Coles, Executive Director, INQUEST
  • Michael Oswald, Police Action Lawyers Group

Panel 2

  • Phill Matthews, Chair, Conduct and Performance Sub-Committee, Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW)
  • Victor Marshall OBE, Professional Standards Coordinator, Police Superintendents’ Association (PSA)

Further information

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