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IPCC wants more ‘non-police’ investigators

originally by: BBC News
published: 4 July 2012

The Independent Police Complaints’ Commission (IPCC) is to recruit more investigators from outside the police service. Its new chair, Dame Anne Owers, announced the move in her first major speech since taking over in February.

She said the watchdog is often criticised for being too close to the police. Dame Anne also called for it to get extra powers and resources to conduct investigations in England and Wales.

Currently 36 of the commission’ s 121 investigators are former police officers.

Dame Anne said she did not agree with “those who would argue” that the commission should not employ any former police officers, because they bring “essential forensic and investigative skills”.

She added: “The oversight of investigations lies with the IPCC’s commissioners, none of whom can ever have worked for the police service. That in itself provides a powerful counter-balance.”

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