Research and statistics
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.
The IPCC is responsible for overseeing and securing public confidence in the police complaints system in England and Wales. We carry out projects looking at how police forces deal with complaints, and have published a range of reports setting out our findings:
- Referring complaints, conduct matters and death or serious injury matters to the IPCC – a review of current police force practice - January 2016
We worked with six police forces to assess whether they were applying the mandatory referral criteria correctly and identifying suitable cases for voluntary referral
- Access to the police complaints system – September 2015
This report looks at how accessible members of the public found the police complaints system.
- Police handling of allegations of discrimination – June 2014
This report sets out our findings after we looked at how three police forces (Greater Manchester Police, West Yorkshire Police and West Midlands Police) handled allegations of discrimination.
We also published a summary of our findings.
- Report on Metropolitan Police Service’s handling of complaints alleging race discrimination - July 2013
This report revealed a number of concerns about complaint handling and investigation generally, but raised specific concerns about the way the MPS investigated allegations of racism.
- Evaluation of impact: 2013 projects – May 2015
This report assessed the impact of two pilot projects we carried out during 2013. The pilots looked at access to the complaints system and the handling of complaints about direction and control.
- Interim report on 2013 oversight pilot projects – January 2014
This report set out the findings of five oversight projects that we carried out in 2013. This report is also available in Welsh.
We also published three reports that looked at some point of these pilots in more depth:
- Access to the complaints system – January 2014
This report focused on some of the changes to the recording and disapplication of complaints introduced by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act (2011)
- Direction and control – January 2014
This report focused on the classification of complaints as direction and control by police forces.
- Local resolution – January 2014
This report focused on police forces' local resolution of complaints, reporting on both good and bad practice. We also commissioned an accompanying report on complainants' views about local resolution of police complaints.
- 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">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 early in 2016.
If you have any comments or questions about this research please contact the use of force project team - email@example.com
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).
Quarter 1 covers 1 April - 30 June
Quarter 2 covers 1 April - 30 September
Quarter 3 covers 1 April - 31 December
Quarter 4 covers the full financial year (1 April - 31 March).