This report published by the Independent Office for Police Conduct presents figures on deaths during or following police contact that happened between 1 April 2017 and 31March 2018. It provides a definitive set of figures for England and Wales, and an overview of the nature and circumstances in which these deaths occurred.
This publication is the fourteenth in a series of statistical reports on this subject, published annually by the Independent Office for Police Conduct, formerly the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). On January 8 2018, IPCC became the Independent Office for Police Conduct. This change was set out in the Policing and Crime Act 2017. The change was made because the IPCC had double in size since 2013, taking on six times as many investigations – and we asked the Government for structural changes to better suit our much-expanded organisation. To produce these statistics, the IOPC examines the circumstances of all deaths that are referred to us. We decide whether the deaths meet the criteria for inclusion in the report under one of the following categories:
- road traffic fatalities
- fatal shootings
- deaths in or following police custody> apparent suicides following police custody
- other deaths following police contact that were subject to an independent investigation