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Progress report published with update on the review of the IPCC’s work in investigating deaths

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is today publishing a progress report providing an update on the emerging findings of its review of investigations involving death following contact with the police, and the progress made and planned towards addressing the issues raised.

The review, launched by the IPCC in Autumn 2012, sought to engage with all of those who have experience of our work investigating deaths, including those who have been critical of our work and approach, to increase public confidence in this important area of our work.

The report highlights the three themes that have emerged strongly from the review: independence, engagement and effectiveness.

The report also sets out the actions the IPCC has already taken or intends to take to address concerns and ensure that these three themes are embedded in our work.

The review began with a written consultation and included interviews and focus groups with staff and external stakeholders, including bereaved families, who met the Chair and acting Chief Executive. An external reference group was also set up to advise on the review.

Further work and analysis of the evidence gathered is continuing and a final report will be published later this year, dealing with all the issues raised and providing supporting evidence and a full action plan.


Notes to editors:

In August 2012, the IPCC agreed a panel of experts to provide advice as part of a reference group for the review. The panel members are Deborah Coles, co-director of the charity INQUEST; Matthew Ryder QC; and Lord Dholakia, a member of the House of Lords with an extensive background in race and criminal justice issues.

Professor Mike Hough, co-director of the Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR), has since left the reference group to assist the IPCC in drafting the progress and final reports.

For further information on the review please visit

For media queries please contact the IPCC press office on 0207 166 3134

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