Independent Police Complaints Commission launches public consultation on disability equality scheme

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has begun a three-month public consultation on its disability equality scheme, which aims to make the complaints system more accessible to disabled people.

As part of the development phase of this scheme, the police watchdog met with nearly 50 organisations across England and Wales that are run by, or provide information, support and advocacy services to disabled people.

The statutory three-month period of public consultation on the scheme will end on 12 October.

Chair of the IPCC, Nick Hardwick, who also chairs the body’s diversity committee, said: “Two of the objectives under our ‘guardianship’ function are to increase access to the complaints system and to develop public confidence in policing.

“The development of this scheme marks our commitment to embracing disability equality into our working culture and to making our services more accessible to disabled people,” he added.

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