How does tHe IoPC work?

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The IOPC’s South East team is based in Croy­don, and de­scribes it­self as one of, if not the most, pow­er­ful and be­stre­sourced po­lice over­sight body in the world.

Much of its work in­volves look­ing at deaths and se­ri­ous in­juries that can oc­cur in po­lice pur­suits, shoot­ings or in cus­tody.

Among the high-pro­file cases cur­rently ac­tive are that of William Smith, a mur­der sus­pect shot dead in Goud­hurst in 2016, and Carl May­nard, who col­lapsed and died at Ton­bridge Po­lice Sta­tion last Oc­to­ber.

Once a mem­ber of the pub­lic makes a com­plaint to the po­lice – all of which must be recorded un­der new reg­u­la­tions – the IOPC de­cides whether to in­ves­ti­gate the com­plaint them­selves or al­low the force to do so. If the in­de­pen­dent body takes over, it pro­duces a re­port af­ter gath­er­ing ev­i­dence from CCTV, body­cam footage, foren­sics and ac­counts from the com­plainant and of­fi­cers in­volved.

It will then de­cide whether there are any con­duct is­sues. If their ac­tions are deemed crim­i­nal, the case would be re­ferred to the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice.

William Smith

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