7.12 The Police

The police are guided by policies and procedures drawn up by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). Scrutiny of the police is provided by the H M Inspectorate of Constabulary and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). In addition, in London the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is monitored via the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) which acts as a scrutiny body. The Domestic Violence board of the MPA merged to form a domestic and sexual violence board in 2009 and its reports and discussions provide a comprehensive review of the policing of domestic (and sexual) violence in London.