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Why do we have independent misconduct panel members?

In April 2004, the complaints system for the police changed with the establishment of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which has now become the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

As part of that system, it was necessary to compile and maintain a list of independent people who are members of the community to sit on police misconduct panels. This responsibility to provide a panel member for a police misconduct panel lies with Police and Crime Commissioners.