Labour announces plans to replace the IPCC
originally by: The Guardian
published: 3 October 2012
Labour would abolish the Independent Police Complaints Commission and replace it with a tougher and much more robust Police Standards Authority to restore public trust in the police, the shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper, has promised.
She said the need for reform had been demonstrated by the failures around the Hillsborough cover-up, the time it took to find out the truth about the death of Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protest, and the delays in getting new investigations under way into phone hacking and undercover policing.
“The IPCC wasn’t able to sort out any of those cases,” said Cooper, adding that its new chair, Anne Owers, had already warned about its lack of powers.
She said the new body was urgently needed to ensure that isolated incidents were not allowed to damage the police’s reputation.
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