Research and statistics
Taser | Police handling of allegations of discrimination | Police handling of complaints | Deaths and serious injury | Mental health | Police corruption | Public confidence | Customer feedback | Police use of force
Since our launch in 2004, we have taken a keen interest in the use of Taser. In 2008 we published a review of our experiences of cases involving use of Taser®. We have now published a review of complaints and incidents relating to Taser® use from 2004 to 2013.
This report examines the issues and patterns that have arisen as the availability and use of Taser has increased.
In July 2013, the IPCC published a report about the Metropolitan Police Service’s handling of allegations of racism. This revealed a number of concerns about complaint handling and investigation generally, but raised specific concerns about the way it investigated allegations of racism.
We wanted to find out if this is also the case in other areas of the country, and decided to look into the next three largest police forces: Greater Manchester Police (GMP), West Yorkshire Police (WYP) and West Midlands Police (WMP). We widened the scope to cover all kinds of discrimination.
We have produced a report of our findings: Police handling of allegations of discrimination.
We have also produced a summary of our findings.
The IPCC is responsible for overseeing and securing public confidence in the police complaints system in England and Wales.
We have been working on a number of projects, including reviewing and validating the outcomes of our investigations, increasing support for commissioner oversight of forces, and some detailed studies looking at how some police forces are dealing with a range of issues, including:
- direction and control
- access to the complaints system
- local resolution of complaints
- quality of investigations
- learning and recommendations
Findings of our pilot studies
We have produced a report of the findings of our pilot studies, as well as three more detailed reports:
- access to the complaints system report
- direction and control report
- local resolution of complaints and accompanying report on complainants' views about local resolution of police complaints
Oversight and confidence evaluation report
We have since produced an oversight and confidence evaluation report on the two pilot projects on direction and control, and access to the police complaints system.
- Annual death following police contact reports
- Deaths in police custody study
- Near miss research
- Road traffic incidents research
Review of the IPCC's work in investigating deaths (March 2014) - This summarises the issues and concerns of our stakeholders, our responses, and most importantly the actions we have taken or are planning to take as a result of our review of the way we investigate deaths during or following police contact.
- Appeals against the handling of a complaint
- Direct complaints report
The IPCC is currently undertaking a research study examining police use of force.
During the course of the study, key project updates will be provided. It is anticipated the study will report in autumn 2015.
If you have any comments or questions about this research please contact the use of force project team - firstname.lastname@example.org
The appropriate authority can be:
- the chief officer of the police force
- the Police and Crime Commissioner responsible for the police force you complained about
- the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (if your complaint is about the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service)
- the Common Council for the City of London (if your complaint is about the Commissioner of the City of London police).