- 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
- 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.