The Independent Police Complaints Commission has today welcomed the launch of a Home Office consultation on a new governance structure.
It follows proposals from the IPCC itself to change its governance arrangements, to support its rapid expansion and enable it to investigate all serious and sensitive matters involving the police. The Home Secretary commissioned an independent review of these proposals from Sheila Drew Smith, and this has also been published today by the Home Office. The Home Office consultation is set to run for six weeks.
Dame Anne Owers, Chair of the IPCC, said:
“We put forward our proposals for reform of the IPCC’s governance structure so that we can be confident of being able to deal with our rapidly expanding caseload in the most effective way, while retaining the visible independence that is so important for public confidence in our work.
“We are glad that this process is now being taken forward and would encourage all those with an interest in policing and the justice system to respond to the consultation. We will publish our own response in due course.”