The Independent Police Complaints Board (IPCB) is a non-departmental public body established in July 2013 by the Police Council    under Section 158 of the Constitution of Sierra Leone 1991, (Act No. 6 of 1991).

The functions of the ‘Board’ are set out in Section 3 (1&2) of The Independent Police Complaints Board Regulations, 2013, and include the following:

(1) The Board shall investigate:

  • The death of any person while in the custody of the police;
  • A fatal road accident in which a police vehicle is involved;
  • A shooting incident where a police officer has discharged a firearm or killed a person;
  • Incidents of injuries, assault or wounding caused by a police officer;
  • Allegations of misconduct involving an officer of the rank of Superintendent or higher;
  • Any matter involving misconduct by the police referred to it by the Inspector-General of Police where the Inspector-General of Police thinks an independent investigation will be in the public interest;
  • Any matter or incident which it thinks the action or inaction of the police is likely to impact significantly on the confidence of the people in the police;
  • Any matter whether remote or otherwise, which gave cause for an investigation to be conducted under this regulation.

(2) The Board shall advise the Police Force on ways in which incidents involving the

Police Force as provided in these Regulations may be avoided or eliminated.

The functions of the IPCB, set out in the regulations, thus provide the IPCB with a broad mandate to not only receive complaints, but to investigate specific cases of police abuses, and recommend proactive remedial action that can be taken to avoid future reoccurrence.