The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) met with Radlett Action for Racial Equality (RARE) to engage their village on their work holding the police to account.
In light of recent controversies with police conduct – which have occurred in Hertfordshire as well as around the UK – RARE held a public meeting with the police watchdog about their crucial work.
Daniel Palmer, stakeholder engagement officer for the IOPC in the South East, and Patricia Furphy, lead investigator for the Croydon office, spoke to Radlett and Hertfordshire residents on May 4 about the organisation’s ethos and aims.
Mr Palmer said: “Here at the IOPC, our aim is to improve public confidence in policing by ensuring the police are accountable for their actions and lessons are learnt.
“We are committed to making sure that everyone, and particularly those who have the least confidence in policing, understand their right to complain and can access the complaints system without fear of adverse consequences.
“Building confidence in the IOPC and in the system means working closely with stakeholders and communities to understand and respond to their concerns.
“Our recent engagement event with RARE is an example of establishing relationships with community groups in order to build confidence in the police accountability system.”
Organiser and RARE co-founder Ruby Koopman said: “RARE was delighted to host the IOPC in a discussion about police accountability.”