Month: February 2013

Government report criticises police watchdog

A government report published today criticises the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, for failing to win public trust.

The report was compiled by the Home Affairs Select Committee who carried out an inquiry in to the effectiveness and powers of the IPCC. Keith Vaz MP, who chairs the committee, described how “too often the work of the commission seems to exacerbate public mistrust, rather than mend it”. Newham Monitoring Project made a submission to the inquiry based on our experience of casework at a community level and we are pleased to see a number of our comments have been cited and responded to in the report. Read more