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The IOPC has said in its annual Impact Report that it has expanded its focus for investigations and "learning" to include discrimination and near misses in custody.


Date - 22nd September 2020
By - Chloe Livadeas

The IOPC has four thematic areas on which to focus their investigations and learning; mental health, road traffic incidents, domestic abuse, and abuse of position for sexual purpose. It has now added discrimination and near misses in custody for 2020/21.

A spokesperson from the IOPC said: “In the future we will be working with stakeholders to define the scope of our research work on this topic but a near miss is defined as an incident where an event or an omission does not develop further to cause actual harm - but did have the realistic potential to do so.

“The aim of this piece of work will be to identify and share learning and good practice. This is in line with healthcare and other sectors where learning from near misses has shown to be effective in terms of highlighting risks and as a preventative approach.

“Our focus at the moment is on our thematic case selection for race discrimination cases and we will then move to develop our near miss work further."

IOPC head Michael Lockwood said: “Our focus on accountability means our work looks not only at the individual and wrongdoing, but also at the wider systemic issues that may have caused it, driving amore preventative approach.”  

He went on to say he has been “particularly keen to place a greater focus on learning” and was “pleased” that from the 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020, the IOPC made 105 formal organisational learning recommendations.

These included 90 learning recommendations to local forces, 81 about policy and guidance, 19 about training, 15 targeted at national bodies such as the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the College of Policing and five about legislation, record management and the provision of equipment to officers.

In the same period the IOPC completed 718 independent investigations, 35 per cent within six months and 83 per cent within 12 months. This excludes major investigations such as Hillsborough and Rotherham.

It dealt with 2,838 appeals and upheld 1,018 which meant 34 per cent of appeals were upheld in 2019/20 compared to 37 per cent the year before.

Public awareness of the IOPC has increased in the past 12 month from 40 per cent to 51 per cent, it said. 

It stated that awareness amongst BAME and young people has also increased. “While these are good improvements there is still much more to do,” said Mr Lockwood.

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IOPC, HMIC, PCCs, CoP, MPs, any number of lawyers, solicitors, academics and pressure groups. anyone else want to have a go at telling the police how to do our jobs?    I'm getting a bit fed up with the number of people and organisations who think they know better than the police about how to police.

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Another witch hunt to justify their existence. Anything to "Hogtie" the officers and enter the Police hunting season, if it ever finished.

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15 hours ago, SD said:

Is this not the role of the College of Policing?


12 hours ago, Zulu 22 said:

Another witch hunt to justify their existence. Anything to "Hogtie" the officers and enter the Police hunting season, if it ever finished.

Not sure if it is down to just the College of Policing only or if it overlaps with IOPC, but as far as 'near miss' events go, the way the policing seems  (Perception as much as pure data or specific sequences) to make the same mistakes again and again would suggest it is not learning from its mistakes and sometimes an external eye is the way to identify and help make changes.  
I don't see this immediately impacting or affecting the day to day policing, rather its at the policy and concept level, which will, obviously affecting all levels of policing.  

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