Consultation outcome

Reforming the Independent Police Complaints Commission: structure and governance

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Reforming the Independent Police Complaints Commission: summary of consultation responses and next steps

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Detail of outcome

This document provides a summary of responses to the public consultation and sets out the government’s plans to reform the Independent Police Complaints Commission in light of those responses.

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This consultation seeks views on proposals to change the governance arrangements and corporate structure of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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Consultation description

This consultation seeks opinions on proposed changes to the Independent Police Complaints Commission’s (IPCC) governance and structure.

The IPCC made proposals for new governance arrangements in response to a recommendation in the initial triennial review of its activities. The Home Secretary then commissioned Sheila Drew Smith OBE to undertake an independent review of these proposals to consider how reformed governance structures for the IPCC can help the organisation best meet its core objectives and increase public confidence in the police complaints system.

Following Sheila Drew Smith’s review the government is consulting publicly on its proposals for changing the way the IPCC is organised. The government intends to legislate to implement reforms to the IPCC’s governance as soon as practicable.

In particular, we are interested in hearing from:

  • stakeholders in the policing and law enforcement communities
  • human rights and legal advocates
  • the general public


Published 15 December 2015
Last updated 7 March 2016 + show all updates
  1. Summary of consultation responses and next steps published.
  2. First published.