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New chair of IPCC announced

Dame Anne Owers has today been named as the new head of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

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Home Secretary Theresa May said the former HM chief inspector of prisons had ‘a formidable public reputation’ and would ‘challenge all parties’ to get to the truth in her role as Chair of the IPCC.

Dame Anne is the second permanent Chair of the commission taking over from the current interim Chair Len Jackson. She was appointed by Royal Warrant for five years.

Home Secretary Theresa May said:
‘I am delighted to announce Dame Anne Owers as the new chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
‘Dame Anne has considerable experience of criminal justice and a formidable public reputation. She will challenge all parties to get to the truth and ensure that the organisation provides a fair, transparent and trusted service to the public and police.’

As well as having a significant role to play in supporting police reform and increasing public confidence in the service, the IPCC will soon take on the new responsibility of investigating any complaints made against Police and Crime Commissioners when they are voted in this November.

Dame Anne Owers said:

‘I am delighted to be joining the IPCC at this exciting time of change and challenge for the commission and the police service.  The IPCC’s independent investigation and oversight plays a critical role in ensuring public confidence in policing, and I look forward to working with the commissioners and staff as they continue to carry it out.’ 
The appointment was made by the Queen following recommendations from the Home Secretary and Prime Minister.

Published 16 February 2012