originally by: The IPCC
published: 11 October 2012
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is today launching a consultation into the way that deaths following police contact are investigated.
This is the first stage of a wide-ranging review into the way that the IPCC deals with such cases and the powers and resources it needs to do so.
The review will look at all kinds of deaths following police contact, including deaths in police custody, road traffic fatalities, fatal shootings, apparent suicides and other deaths following police contact. It will focus on cases which raise issues under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights – the state’s duty to protect life.
It will identify changes or improvements that may be needed either to the IPCC’s approach, or to the powers and resources that it has, in order to respond to concerns, ensure effective investigations and increase public confidence in this crucial area of work.