09 Sep 2021
A Webinar Was Held Between the State Inspector’s Service and the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) of England and Wales
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) of England and Wales (tasked with investigating incidents and allegations involving police) and the Investigative Department of the State Inspector’s Service shared their respective investigative experience with each other.
The distance working meeting was opened by the First Deputy State Inspector, Giorgi Gamezardashvili and the Operations Manager of the Independent Office for Police Conduct, Tom Milsom.
In the course of the meeting, foreign colleagues briefed Georgian investigators about the investigative mandate and practice of their agency. They also shared the specifics of the IOPC's investigation into use of force cases. For their part, the representatives of the State Inspector’s Service provided the representatives of the Independent Office for Police Conduct with information on the structure of the Service, its investigative jurisdiction, remit, the results achieved and the challenges on the agenda.The distance working meeting comprised theoretical and practical components in the course of which the participants discussed real-life cases.
The webinar aimed to establish cooperation between the State Inspector’s Service and the Independent Office for the Police Conduct of England and Wales, to share successful international practice and to improve the standard of investigation.
This is the first time that the State Inspector’s Service held a meeting with the European agency performing similar functions.
Successful communication and international cooperation with the leading counterparts is one of the priorities of the State Inspector’s Service. This is important for the institutional development of the Service, improving quality of activities and strengthening the capacities of its employees.