ID cards: Government steps back from 'tackling terrorism' claims

01 October 2001

Liberty today published the report of a one year research project into an Independent Police Complaints Commission. The objective of the research has been to devise an independent, effective and practical method of handling police complaints that will secure greater police and public confidence in the complaints system and in policing as a whole.Welcoming the Government's move to issue a consultation document today, John Wadham, Director of Liberty, said:"Liberty has campaigned for many years to change the system which relies on the police having to investigate themselves. We therefore very much welcome this joint launch of our report with that of KPMG. We hope that these proposals will allow the government to begin drafting legislation to set up a new body to investigate complaints as quickly as possible."/ENDSNotes1 The research was guided by an Advisory Committe of leading experts in this field including representatives from ACPO, the Police Federation, the Police Complaints Authority, and leading solicitors, barristers and academics.2 The research was funded by The Nuffield Foundation and the Lord Ashdown Charitable Trust.3 The current system, which includes independent supervision by the PCA of police investigations in some of the most serious cases was set up after the recommendation of the Scarman Inquiry. However, concerns have continued with a series of high profile cases where there has been criticism of police investigations. Most recently the report of the Home Affairs Committee on police complaints and discipline and the Lawrence Inquiry recognised that there is now widespread support for the need to reform the current system with the introduction of a system of independent investigation of complaints against the police.