We use our authority and powers unflinchingly to help those who suffer injustice because of an abuse of police powers to obtain redress. Our activities support policing by consent and help to sustain justice.
Equally, those against whom allegations have been made can be sure that the IPCC will be impartial and our activities timely and fair.
Justice must be sure and proportionate. People who never make mistakes, never make anything. We discourage a blame culture amongst the police where even appropriate and carefully managed risks are avoided. "What can we learn?" is often a more useful question than "Who is to blame?"
We demonstrate our independence by:
Our resolve under pressure.
The people we appoint.
The work we undertake.
Scrupulously avoiding conflicts of interest.
Our organisational culture.
The communications we make.
We know that gaining the benefits of diversity is not easy.
However we are open to the experience, insights and skills of people of different race, religion, ethnic origin, gender, sexuality, disability and other backgrounds from both inside the IPCC and from external partners.
If the IPCC is to hold the police to account then it must maintain the highest standards itself.
We need to act, and be seen to act, with integrity in both our private and professional lives.
We act with integrity in our public statements, acceptance of hospitality and gifts, dealings with stakeholders and use of public funds.
We will be honest about our mistakes.
We seek maximum disclosure and regular communications with all parties during the course of a complaint.
The Commission meets in public where possible and communicates information about its work and performance widely.
We carefully define where we need to maintain confidentiality or secrecy for operational reasons so that we can protect individuals and retain the confidence of other agencies.
We work with stakeholders to develop our policies.
We learn lessons from what we do and take responsibility for our decisions.
We make sure that communication is two way between staff and Commissioners and that they share information and experiences.
Commissioners accept corporate responsibility for the work of the IPCC .
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