Who we are
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 national counterparts from about 20 countries.
Objectives of IPCAN
We are convinced that the effectiveness of a rule of law is based, amongst others, on the existence of independent bodies with an impartial view on the activities of the professionals engaged in security missions. Beyond the organisation of Seminars and Conferences, we are also confident in the fact that a coordinated commitment between our institutions will carry on the values prescribed by the international instruments guaranteeing the fundamental rights of citizens in democratic States.
“We call for the advancement of the status of independence, of impartiality and the powers of the institutions responsible for the external control of security forces in Europe. Our challenge will be to increase the level of demand, the level of independence and the investigative and advocacy capacities of the police complaints’ institutions in Europe” Jacques Toubon, on March 23, 2015 in Paris.
Fri 14 Dec 2018
The Defender of Rights hosts the fourth IPCAN seminar, the european network that ensures the respect of security forces’READ MORE
Mon 18 Sep 2017
Signature of the Strasbourg Declaration at the end of the third conference of the IPCAN network (15 September 2017)READ MORE
Tue 12 Sep 2017
3rd IPCAN conference on « The respect of fundamental rights and freedoms in the context of the strengthening of the fight against terrorism »READ MORE
Thu 22 Jun 2017
Thu 22 Jun 2017
Seminar on “Ethics in security issues: The role of Independent Police Complaints Commissions in Europe” – 27th and 28th of May 2013READ MORE