Taser | Overseeing the way police forces handle 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.
Overseeing the way police forces handle complaints
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:
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.
Deaths and serious injury
Police use of force
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 - email@example.com
An act of parliament that provides the core framework of police powers to combat crime and provide codes of practice for the exercise of these powers.
Leads and manages the development of the police service in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The body that represents the interests of all police constables, sergeants, and inspectors.
Department within a police force that deals with complaints and conduct matters.
The average is calculated using the individual results of the forces in that most similar force group.
An investigation carried out by IPCC staff.
Carried out by the police under their own direction and control. The IPCC sets the terms of reference and receives the investigation report when it is complete. Complainants have a right of appeal following a supervised investigation (unless it is an investigation into a direction and control matter).
This act sets out how the police complaints system operates.
How a police force is run, for example policing standards or policing policy.
An investigation carried out by the police under the direction and control of the IPCC.
An intelligence-led agency with law enforcement powers, it is also responsible for reducing the harm that is caused to people and communities by serious organised crime.
Investigations carried out entirely by the police. Complainants have a right of appeal following a local investigation (unless it is an investigation into a direction and control matter).
A person is adversely affected is he or she suffers any form of loss or damage, distress or inconvenience, if he or she is put in danger or is otherwise unduly put at risk of being adversely affected.
IPCC guidance to the police service and police authorities on the handling of complaints.
Parameters within which an investigation is conducted.
This could be the Police and Crime Commissioner, the Common Council for the City of London, or the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime.
A flexible process for dealing with complaints that can be adapted to the needs of the complainant. It may involve, for example, providing information and explanation, an apology, or a meeting between the complainant and the officer complained about.
Consists of a chair, two deputy chairs, and commissioners – each responsible for specific police forces, guardianship work and individual cases.
Disapplication means that a police force may handle a complaint in whatever manner it thinks fit, including not dealing with it under complaints legislation. This may only take place in certain limited circumstances where the complaint fits one or more of the grounds for disapplication set out in law.
The ending of an ongoing investigation into a complaint, conduct matter or DSI matter. An investigation may only be discontinued if it meets one or more of the grounds for discontinuance set out in law.
Used to house anyone who has been detained.
Complainants have the right to appeal to the IPCC if a police force did not record their complaint or notify the correct police force if it was made originally to the wrong force.
The purpose of an investigation is to establish the facts behind a complaint, conduct matter, or DSI matter; and reach conclusions. An investigator looks into a complaint and produces a report that details the outcome of each allegation. There are four types of investigation: local investigation, supervised investigation, managed investigation and independent investigation.
A person who makes a complaint about the conduct of someone serving with the police.
The type of behaviour being complained about. A single complaint case can have one or many allegations attached.
An independent judicial officer, the coroner enquires into deaths reported to him/her.
A record is made of a complaint, giving it formal status as a complaint under the Police Reform Act 2002.
No further action may be taken with regard to a complaint if the complainant decides to retract their allegation(s).
Casework involves assessing appeals. Casework staff also have a role in overseeing the police complaints system to help ensure police forces handle complaints in the best possible way.
The IPCC must be notified about specific types of complaint or incidents to be able to decide how they should be dealt with.
Conduct includes acts, omissions, statements and decisions (whether actual, alleged or inferred). For example: language used and the manner or tone of communications.
An application by a complainant for a police decision to be reviewed.