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Radical shake-up of police complaints process unveiled

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A radical set of proposals to shake up how police complaints are dealt with has been unveiled by Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Tony Lloyd said the plans will see the creation of an independent ethics committee and a complaints ombudsman for the region with the power to speedily resolve issues before they become part of a bureaucratic complaints system.

The measures will not replace the Independent Police Complaints Commission in Greater Manchester, but will give residents the option to use a service that will be more effective than the police watchdog’s.

Tony said: “These plans will mean that Greater Manchester people will have access to a speedy and effective complaints resolution process. The Independent Police Complaints Commission is overburdened and under resourced, which inevitably means it doesn’t do its job as well as it should.

“There are unacceptable delays before legitimate complaints can be resolved. The public and the police deserve better and these proposals, which are backed by the Chief Constable, mean that – at least in our region – we can have a complaints process that works.

“Greater Manchester Police have made great strides in recent years to improve how they respond to complaints. But the infrastructure and bureaucracy that both the police and public face when concerns are raised undermine public confidence, they undermine good policing and they are a barrier to driving up standards.”

Both the ethics committee and the ombudsman will be entirely independent of police.

Tony added: “They will report to me, which means they will be answerable solely to the people of Greater Manchester. In recent times issues of police integrity and the complaints system have become mired in political rows. These plans will take the politics out of police integrity in Greater Manchester.”

The committee and the ombudsman will be in place by spring 2014. Further details of how the plans will work, and how to apply to be on the committee, will be published by the end of the year. 

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david sherratt

its about time, most of the bureaucracy and infrastructure are created by the police themselves through delegation and indiferrance to complaints, how can the police deal with complaints through investigating there own collegues , honesty and integrity should prevail at all times

maureen kilroy

What exactly would the qualifications of these people be? Would they be anyone off the street or do they have to have some sort of degree to apply for the job?

gmpccadmin

Hi Maureen. We’re still ironing out the details at the moment but experience and/or an interest in this area would be a vital requirement. Information on how to apply and the person specification will be posted on the website by the end of the year. Thanks

DAVE SHERRATT

IS THE COMMITTEE AND OMBUDSMAN IN PLACE YET? NOTING THE DATE.

webadmin2

Hi Dave. The Ethics Committee is in place now and has met. More details here https://www.gmpcc.org.uk/down-to-business/ethics-committee-2/

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