The IPCC was established by the Police Reform Act and became operational in April 2004.
The IPCC is independent, making its decisions entirely independently of the police, government and complainants.
Its primary statutory purpose is to increase public confidence in the police complaints system in England and Wales.
The IPCC also investigates the most serious complaints and allegations of misconduct against the police in England and Wales, as well as handling some appeals from people who are not satisfied with the way police have dealt with their complaint.
The IPCC is responsible for serious complaints and conduct matters relating to staff at the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), and the UK Border Agency (UKBA).
On 16 January 2012, the Metropolitan Police Authority was abolished and the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) was established. The IPCC is now responsible for deciding whether any allegations that the MOPAC or his Deputy has committed a criminal offence should be investigated.
On 22 November 2012, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) for each force in England and Wales were elected. The IPCC is now responsible for deciding whether any allegations that the PCC or their Deputy have committed a criminal offence should be investigated.
Find out more about our values.
Find out about the history of the IPCC.
Find out what the IPCC does.
Find out information about IPCC investigations.
Our primary statutory purpose is to increase public confidence in the police complaints system in England and Wales. This is its guardianship role.
Find out more about guardianship and how it will work.
Find out about the IPCC Chair, Commissioners and the Commission meetings, Chief Executive and Directors.
Find out about the organisational structure by viewing the organogram by clicking here.
The IPCC is committed to championing the effective oversight of policing, and to learning from the experiences of other models and systems operating in other countries.
Find out more about international development.
Expense reports of the Chair, Commissioners, Chief Executive and Directors.
Click here for the IPCC salary ranges and organogram.
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