Harrow chief to lead new police watchdog

ML2Harrow Council chief executive Michael Lockwood has been confirmed as the first director general of the new Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
Major reforms to the IPCC – including its renaming as the IOPC – were announced by Prime Minister Theresa May during her time as Home Secretary.
The IOPC will have new powers, helping it to become more effective and more decisive in addressing public concerns, including to initiate its own investigations without relying on a force to record and refer a particular case for investigation, and to determine appeals and recommend remedies.
Michael Lockwood’s crown appointment means he will be the single executive head of the organisation when the IPCC officially becomes the IOPC in January 2018, replacing the current commission.
He will ultimately bear responsibility for all decisions made in the IOPC’s investigations and appeals, including the investigation of the most serious and sensitive allegations involving the police.
Michael Lockwood said, “It’s an honour to be appointed as the first director general for the IOPC.
“This is an important time for the organisation, as the IPCC transitions to the IOPC. I look forward to working with the dedicated staff there as we reshape the organisation to ensure the police disciplinary and complaints system is as effective and as clear as possible.”
We wish Mr Lockwood well and trust that the new police watchdog under his leadership would gain the confidence of all communities.
If internally appointed, council corporate director Tom Whiting could be appointed as new chief executive of the council when Mr Lockwood moves on.