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Minister hails 'beefed-up' IPCC
A "beefed-up" police watchdog will start investigating complaints from next year, the Home Secretary is set to announce today.
Theresa May is to tell the College of Policing that while there has been some resistance to an expanded Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), the body's transformation is under way and that it will start taking on more cases from 2014.
She is expected to say that she wants to tell forces and Police and Crime Commissioners that she is "determined to deliver" a "beefed-up IPCC".
Ms May will say: " The expansion of the IPCC is on track and the IPCC will begin to take on additional cases from next year."
The Home Secretary said in February that she intended to give the IPCC new powers, and increase its resources, so that it could take on all serious and sensitive allegations made against police officers.
She said at the time that the vast majority of police officers carried out their work with a ''strong sense of fairness and duty'' but their good work was undermined ''when a minority behave inappropriately''.
Speaking in February, she said: "I do not believe there is endemic corruption in the police and I know that the vast majority of police officers conduct themselves with the highest standards of integrity ... but that doesn't mean that we should ignore the fact that when it does occur, police corruption and misconduct undermines justice, lets down the decent majority of officers and damages the public's confidence in the police.''
The IPCC had been given more powers in December 2012 to allow it to fully investigate the findings of the Hillsborough Independent Panel into the 1989 disaster.
Ms May, speaking at the College of Policing conference in Hampshire, will say today that further powers could be granted to the commission in the future if required.
In her speech, she will also hail the college's new code of ethics, describing it as being akin to a Hippocratic Oath.
And she will say: "Some forces and PCCs are resisting the transfer of resources necessary for the IPCC to take on this bigger role.
"I want to say to them very clearly that the events of last year prove overwhelmingly the case for a beefed up IPCC and that is what I'm determined to deliver."