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IPCC investigations of cases involving a death

Researchers: Caroline Turley
Published: March 2014


The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) wants to improve the way it carries out investigations of cases involving a death, such as a death in custody.

To help it do this, the IPCC appointed us to look at how the IPCC conducts investigations involving a death, how they engage with external parties including bereaved families, and how they can demonstrate independence and maintain public confidence in this area of their work.

Read the report

You can download our report using the button to the right or read it on the IPCC website.

Our research is part of a wider IPCC review of its approach, powers and resources. Their final report of this review is available on the IPCC website.

The IPCC also ran a consultation event in late 2013, which provided an opportunity for attendees to discuss the actions outlined in the IPCC's progress report and to give further feedback. You can download our summary of these discussions here or read it on the IPCC website.


Our qualitative research involved in-depth interviews and focus groups. 

We spoke to bereaved families, police personnel (including those investigated by the IPCC), external stakeholders, Community Reference Group members, IPCC staff and IPCC Commissioners about their views and experiences of IPCC investigations.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this study or would like to talk to someone about it, please contact:

Ashley Brown on 020 7549 7035 or email

Caroline Turley on 020 7549 7059 or email