Independent Police Complaints Commission
IPCC launches recruitment drive for new Birmingham office
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has announced plans to recruit 200 staff to its new office in Birmingham. The IPCC’s new premises, based in Quinton, are due to open in July 2014.
The 200 additional staff will be recruited over the next few months and will see the Quinton office take on new independent investigations into forces across the region. The office is expected to cover a number of forces across the Midlands including West Midlands Police, Staffordshire, West Mercia, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire.
The IPCC’s dedicated recruitment website, will contain details of the IPCC and the opportunities on offer.
The new office and staff are part of the IPCC’s expansion programme announced by the Home Secretary in February 2013. This sees the IPCC’s budget increase by over 50% in 2014/15 and is intended to give the IPCC capacity to deal with more serious and sensitive allegations against the police.
The IPCC is looking for a range of staff from investigators to lawyers, analysts and support staff. While some investigative experience will be needed for some roles, the IPCC is looking for people from diverse backgrounds and there will also be training opportunities.
IPCC Acting Chief Executive Amanda Kelly said:
“This is an exciting time for the IPCC and this recruitment drive is the next, vital step in our expansion programme. It gives us the opportunity to attract new staff from diverse backgrounds and with different skills and experience to bring to our team.
“We are particularly interested in hearing from people with good analytical skills, who can deal sensitively with members of the public, often in very difficult circumstances. Birmingham is the ideal location for us.”
IPCC Commissioner Derrick Campbell said:
“It is vital that we recruit people that are above all open minded and conscientious when it comes to challenging information and dealing with the police and with the public. Practical skills and integrity are a must as we recruit to our new office in Birmingham and work towards improving public confidence in the police complaints system. This is a fantastic opportunity for us and for the people in the West Midlands.”
A new online recruitment portal is now live and potential applicants can get further information at from the site.
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