Office for Police Conduct

Policing and Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:15 pm on 12th April 2016.

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‘(1) The body corporate known as the Independent Police Complaints Commission—

(a) is to continue to exist, and

(b) is to be known instead as the Office for Police Conduct.

(2) Section 9 of the Police Reform Act 2002 (which established the Independent Police Complaints Commission) is amended in accordance with subsections (3) to (8).

(3) For the heading substitute “The Office for Police Conduct”.

(4) For subsection (1) substitute—

“(1) The body corporate previously known as the Independent Police Complaints Commission—

(a) is to continue to exist, and

(b) is to be known instead as the Office for Police Conduct.”

(5) For subsection (2) substitute—

“(2) The Office is to consist of—

(a) a Director General appointed by Her Majesty, and

(b) at least six other members.

(2A) The other members must consist of—

(a) persons appointed as non-executive members (see paragraph 1A of Schedule 2), and

(b) persons appointed as employee members (see paragraph 1B of that Schedule),

but the powers of appointment under those paragraphs must be exercised so as to secure that a majority of members of the Office (including the Director General) are non-executive members.”

(6) In subsection (3)—

(a) for “chairman of the Commission” substitute “Director General”;

(b) omit “, or as another member of the Commission,”.

(7) In subsection (5)—

(a) for “The Commission shall not—” substitute “Neither the Office nor the Director General shall—”;

(b) for “Commission’s” substitute “Office’s”.

(8) In subsection (6) for “Commission” substitute “Office”.

(9) Schedule (Office for Police Conduct) makes further provision in relation to the Office for Police Conduct.”—

This new clause provides for the Independent Police Complaints Commission to be re-named as the Office for Police Conduct. It also makes other changes in relation to the membership of the Office (in particular, by providing for it to have a Director General) and introduces a new Schedule to the Bill with further provision in connection with its constitution together with other minor and consequential amendments.

Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.

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