Dame Anne Owers appointed as IPCC chief
originally by: The Guardian
published: 16th February 2012
The former chief inspector of prisons Dame Anne Owers has been appointed to lead the independent police watchdog. The appointment comes after nearly two years in which the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has been without a permanent chairperson, and at a time when the organisation is involved in several high-profile investigations.
Owers, who was chief inspector of prisons from 2001 to 2010, said: “I am delighted to be joining the IPCC at this exciting time of change and challenge for the commission and the police service.
“The IPCC’s independent investigation and oversight plays a critical role in ensuring public confidence in policing, and I look forward to working with the commissioners and staff as they continue to carry it out.”
While chief inspector of prisons, Owers gained a formidable reputation and produced a series of hard-hitting, critical reports. She has recently been carrying out an inquiry into the reorganisation of the Northern Ireland prison service. She labelled the system in Northern Ireland “dysfunctional, demoralised and ineffective”, in a report last October judged by justice ministers as a “watershed”.
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Independent Police Complaints Commission welcomes appointment of Dame Anne Owers as the new Chair
16 February 2012