A review of the IOPC is good news for Police Officers and the public alike, according to WestYorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth.
Brian was reacting to the news that the Home Affairs Select Committee is to “examine the role and remit of the Independent Office for Police Conduct”.
MPs will look at “progress in reforming the system following criticisms of the time taken to resolve complaints”.
Brian said: “The fact that HASC will be taking on a review of the IOPC is good news for officers and the public alike.
“Time and time again unnecessary long investigations cause untold damage to officers and their families.
“For those who raise complaints, it cannot be any better as they have to wait for a result and this must affect public confidence.
“The IOPC quote that 85% of complaints are dealt with in a year, this is not a figure I would be proud to hang my hat on.
“It clearly displays a mindset that needs change and if it cannot introduce the change itself, it needs to be legislated for.
“Over lengthy investigations and risk averse decision making is costing the public a lot of money.
“Imposing time limits would be a good way of introducing a framework that both officers and the public could rely, whilst limiting the cost to the public purse.”
Date posted: November 6, 2019