The Independent Police Complaints Authorities’ Network (IPCAN) is an informal network of exchange and cooperation amongst independent structures in charge of external control of security forces. These bodies, mainly from European Union member states, receive and process complaints against public security forces, and sometimes, against private ones as well. Today IPCAN brings together 22 members.
In a seminar organised by the Defender of Rights and the FRA (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights), last autumn participants exchanged on the police-population relations and challenges. Main topics were:
- Discrimination and profiling, in particular during identity checks
- Management of public demonstration
- Reception and protection of victims, particularly vulnerable groups
Find the documentation of the event summarizing the latest research, studies and many examples of national practices, and synthesizes the views of more than a hundred practitioners from Europe here.
One result of the seminar was the elaboration and adoption of the Paris Declaration which recommends around twenty actions to be implemented in terms of police checks, management of demonstrations and reception of the public, in order to improve relations between the police and the population.