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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IAP publishes the report on its second family listening day

February 28, 2012 in Police & Prison Affairs, Psychiatric Deaths & Abuse by UFFC Admin

originally by: The IAP 
published: February 2012

The Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody (IAP) has published a report on its second family listening day held in September 2011.  The event was organised on behalf of the IAP by INQUEST following an open procurement exercise.  It focused on bereaved families whose relatives died whilst detained under the Mental Health Act.

The report, prepared by INQUEST, brings together key themes from the day including family suggestions for improvements to the system.  It was presented along with an IAP paper to the Ministerial Board on 7 February 2012.

The Minister of State for Care Services recognised the importance of positive engagement with families by health providers, especially when things go wrong.

He agreed that Department of Health would follow up our recommendations, initially by including these insights in the National Suicide Prevention Strategy.

The IAP is incredibly grateful to all those family members who felt able to participate.

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Unproven science used to ‘explain’ custody deaths

February 1, 2012 in Breaking News, Custody Deaths & Abuse, Home Feature by 4WardEverUK

originally by: TBIJ  
published: 31st January 2012

A controversial unproven syndrome with roots in the US is being used in British coroners’ courts to explain why people die after police restraint. 

‘Excited delirium’ or ‘sudden-in-custody-death-syndrome’ is a niche diagnosis not yet recognised by the World Health Organisation or any international authority. A number of leading pathologists have expressed concern about the use of the term in inquests. Listen to Programme >

Individuals in the throes of  excited delirium are described as aggressive, agitated, displaying bizarre behaviour, insensitive to pain and with superhuman strength until they collapse and die

But research by the Bureau has found that the ‘condition’ has been used by coroners to explain 10 restraint-related deaths that occurred in police custody in England and Wales since the late 1990s.

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