As a regulator, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) specifically monitors the way in which the police manage and deal with complaints. By recording its finding during each case, they are able to identify and submit guidelines on how future complaints may be handled.
Though they work with the police and government to ensure regulatory law is enforced, the IOPC does not affiliate itself with either, conducting all investigations independently.
Other organisations the IOPC monitor:
If someone does not approve of the way in which the police have dealt with their complaint, then it will be transferred to the IOPC, who conduct their own investigation into the matter. Alternatively, the IOPC should always be informed of the most serious cases, with or without the referral. In this instance, the IOPC will either undertake their own investigation or monitor the police during the proceedings.
When a complaint has reached the IOPC, they will have to decipher the status of those involved in the situation which led to the complaint. The staff member or police officer will be a witness, unless there is an indication that they committed a criminal offence, or misconducted themselves in a way that would result in disciplinary action – in which case they are considered a subject. If they have been identified as a subject, they will be delivered a notice which details the allegation, the assessment laid out by the investigator, with rights and guidelines regarding their response.
During this point, advice may be sought to ascertain the way in which the staff member should proceed. Duncan Lewis Regulatory Fitness to Practice solicitors have in depth knowledge into IOPC investigations, with specialist insight into the appeal process, should you wish to appeal the decision to hold a misconduct hearing.
If you have any professional regulatory queries relating to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, or you wish to appeal the result of a misconduct claim, call Duncan Lewis Regulatory Fitness to Practice solicitors on 0333 772 0409.