Riots Communities and Victims Panel

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Riots Communities and Victims Panel response to Independent Police Complaints Commission announcement

On Thursday 16 February, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) announced new guidance on communicating with the media and the public in IPCC independent and managed investigations.

The Riots Communities and Victims Panel response is below:

“On our visits to areas affected by the August riots, and particularly in Tottenham, we found there was a poor perception of how communications in the aftermath of the shooting of Mark Duggan was handled.

“This was seen by many as the spark which lead to the riots in Tottenham, which then spread across the country with unprecedented speed.

“We are committed to working to ensure future riots on this scale can be prevented.

“In our interim report we recommended the need for police authorities and the IPCC to urgently review their communications protocol to ensure they remain fit for purpose and are being correctly adhered to.

“We are therefore pleased that the IPCC have issued guidance designed to avoid creating a communications vacuum, which could lead to community tension and public disorder, as happened last August.

“The Panel is currently exploring the relationship between the public and the police more closely, and will make further recommendations around this in our final report due┬áin March.”

The IPCC announcement can be read on their website: Guidance on communicating with the media and the public in IPCC independent and managed investigations (external link).