Independent Police Complaints Commission - Home Affairs Committee Contents

Key facts

  • In March 2012 there were 134,101 police officers in England and Wales. A total of 31,771 officers were subject to a complaint during 2011-12.
  • During 2011-12, when appeals were made against the way police forces handled a complaint, the IPCC found that the police had been wrong in 31% of all cases. It decided against the police in almost two thirds of appeals where police had decided not to record someone's complaint.
  • In 2011-12, the following fatalities occurred involving the police: 18 road traffic fatalities; 2 fatal police shootings; 15 deaths in custody; 47 other deaths following police contact; and 39 apparent suicides following police custody.
  • In 2011, 38% of all those who died in police custody were from black or minority ethnic communities.
  • Almost half of those who died in, or shortly after leaving police custody in 2011-12 were identified as having mental health problems.
  • Since 1990, inquests into deaths in police custody have resulted in 9 unlawful killing verdicts, none of which has yet resulted in a conviction.
  • From 2008-2011, 8,542 there were allegations of corruption. 837 were referred to the Commission, which independently investigated 21 cases. 18 officers were prosecuted following IPCC investigation and 13 found guilty.
  • Every year, around 200 police officers facing disciplinary panels retire or resign in order to avoid misconduct proceedings.
  • The IPCC has a smaller budget than the Professional Standards Department of the Metropolitan Police alone.
  • Over the past two years, 63 Commission employees have been made redundant (approximately 15% of the workforce in 2009-10) because of spending cuts.
  • About 11% of staff and 33% of investigators are former police officers.

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