Director general appointed to lead all-new Independent Office for Police Conduct

Michael Lockwood

Michael Lockwood

Harrow Council’s CEO Michael Lockwood has been confirmed as the first director general of the new Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). Major reforms to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) – including its renaming as the IOPC – were announced by Prime Minister Theresa May during her time as Home Secretary. The IPCC oversees the police complaints system in England and Wales and sets the standards by which the police service should handle any complaints. Changes to the IPCC include a new governance model designed to improve efficiency.

The IOPC will have new powers, helping it to become more effective and decisive in addressing public concerns, allowing the organisation to initiate its own investigations without having to rely on a given police force to record and refer a particular case for investigation and also to determine appeals and recommend remedies.

Lockwood’s crown appointment means that he’ll serve as the single executive head of the organisation when the IPCC officially becomes the IOPC in January next year, in turn replacing the current commission. Ultimately, Lockwood will 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 service.

Nick Hurd, Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, stated: “I’m delighted to announce Michael Lockwood as the first director general of the IOPC. His appointment is a key milestone in the reform of the IPCC, and will ensure clear accountability and oversight for the running of the organisation. We’re absolutely determined to make the police complaints and discipline systems simpler and more transparent for the benefit of the public, and the new, more efficient and effective IOPC will be a vital part of that.”

A Board appointed by the Home Secretary Amber Rudd – and that includes a majority of non-executive directors – will provide independent support and challenge to the director general as well as oversight of the overall running of the organisation.

Lockwood has a background in both the public and private sectors and has been Harrow Council’s CEO since 2015.

“It’s an honour to be appointed as the first director general for the IOPC,” said Lockwood. “This is an important time for the organisation as the IPCC transitions to the IOPC. I very much 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.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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