IPCC: Police watchdog ‘woefully under-equipped’

February 3, 2013 in Breaking News, Reform & Corruption by 4WardEverUK

IPCC - Independent Police Complaints Commissionoriginally by: BBC News  
published: 1 February 2013

The police watchdog for England and Wales is overwhelmed, woefully under-equipped and failing to get to the truth of allegations, MPs have said. The Independent Police Complaints Commission needs more resources and powers, the Home Affairs Select Committee report said.

IPCC chairwoman Dame Anne Owers welcomed the report, saying the body was struggling to meet expectations.

One in four officers faced complaints between 2011 and 2012.

About 30,000 officers had faced complaints, which were mostly trivial and dealt with at a local level, committee chairman Keith Vaz, told BBC Radio 4′s Today programme.

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The Met police and mental health

February 3, 2013 in Custody Deaths & Abuse, Psychiatric Deaths & Abuse by Larry Fedja

police & mental healthoriginally by: IRR News  
published: 24 January 2013

The Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing is currently carrying out a consultation in the form of an online survey.

The Commission was established in September 2012 by the Metropolitan police in response to the inquest verdict into the death of Sean Rigg in police custody.

Sean Rigg died on the floor of Brixton police station in July 2005 after being arrested and detained after suffering from mental health problems. On 1 August 2012, the inquest jury, which had heard evidence over seven weeks, recorded a highly critical narrative verdict. Read the rest of this entry →

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Police keep jobs after Lloyd Butler passed away while in their care

February 3, 2013 in Breaking News, Custody Deaths & Abuse by Jan Butler

Lloyd Butleroriginally by: Birmingham Mail  
published: 25 January 2013

Two police officers filmed making insulting remarks about a man who later died in custody will keep their jobs despite being found guilty of misconduct.

Lloyd Butler, from Tile Cross, died aged 39 at Stechford police station in August, 2010 after being arrested after his family called 999 due to concerns about his behaviour while drunk.

An independent hearing into officer’s conduct on that night found Sergeant Mark Albutt guilty of gross misconduct for failing in his duty of care.

Yet he will only face a written warning for “unacceptable” actions that “fell far below the force’s expectations” Pc Dean Woodcock will undergo further training after being found guilty of misconduct.

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