New police watchdog launches to replace IPCC and ensure 'greater accountability to public'

A new police watchdog has launched with strengthened powers to investigate alleged wrongdoing by forces across England and Wales.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has replaced the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) amid anger and mistrust over the investigations into the deaths of several men in custody.

The Home Office said its structure would “ensure greater accountability to the public” by empowering the watchdog to launch its own investigations without referrals from police and making its probes completely separate from those carried out internally by forces.


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