The IPCC investigates the most serious complaints and allegations of misconduct against the police in England and Wales.
Serious complaints and allegations of misconduct are those involving:
a death or serious injury
allegations of serious or organised corruption
allegations against senior officers
allegations involving racism
allegations of perverting the course of justice
Once a complaint or allegation has been referred to the IPCC, it will make a ‘mode of investigation’ decision to determine how it should be dealt with.
Modes of investigation include:
When the IPCC supervises, manages or independently investigates a case it will:
ensure that initial terms of reference for the investigation are clearly defined
constantly review investigations to ensure they remain focussed
maximise the value of independent oversight to reach evidence-based conclusions as soon as practicable
adopt a flexible approach to allow the mode of investigation to change as appropriate (for example, an investigation may start off locally but escalate to a supervised, managed or IPCC investigation)
be independent and consider the needs and positions of all throughout the process
where appropriate and in the absence of a public complaint, investigate the incident and not necessarily the people concerned
You can find out more at the Statutory Guidance website
If your complaint is being investigated by the IPCC, you will be provided with more information about this process by the IPCC at the start of the investigation.
© Independent Police Complaints Commission All Rights Reserved