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The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC)


We oversee the police complaints system in England and Wales and set the standards the police should apply when handling complaints.

As a totally independent body, not part of the police or government, we investigate and make decisions on serious and sensitive cases, including where police action may have led to death or serious injury.

Our work is challenging and high-profile. Focusing on the facts, we must be balanced, fair and totally independent. We must respect human rights, while getting to the heart of some of the most serious and sensitive cases. Most of all, we must gain and retain the confidence of everyone we meet by treating them with respect, integrity and honesty.

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