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10 December 2005

A critical overview of the work of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) with specific reference to the Babar Ahmad case, by Sarah Waseem.

On 1 April 2004, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) came into being with the aim of creating greater public confidence in the police complaints system. It was then and still is now trumpeted by the government and the metropolitan police as a new reformed institution that operates independently and is not hampered down with the inherent prejudices and racism of the previous system. Yet in reality very little has changed. Using the case of Babar Ahmad as a special study, Sara Waseem examines in depth the mechanics of the IPCC and questions whether it truly operates as an independent body.



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