The Ministry of Home Affairs has established an Independent Review Panel (IRP) on 1 August 2014. The intention to set up the IRP was first announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Mr Teo Chee Hean at the Committee of Supply debate in Parliament in March 2014.
2. The IRP is set up to strengthen the Home Team’s system for reviewing internal investigations into allegations of wrongdoing or misconduct by Home Team officers. It will ensure that there are independent, robust and fair processes in place to review allegations made against Home Team officers. This will help foster greater public trust and confidence in the integrity of the Home Team.
3. When directed by the Minister for Home Affairs, the IRP will review the internal investigations into cases of serious alleged misconduct by an officer in his official capacity. Examples include cases which have resulted in death or serious injury, cases which obstruct, prevent, pervert or defeat the course of justice, or where it is in the public interest to do so. The IRP will provide its opinion to the Minister on whether the internal investigations are thorough and fair; and whether there are any areas that need to be further investigated. The IRP is advisory in nature. It is neither an investigation body nor a disciplinary body.
4. The IRP is appointed by the Minister for Home Affairs for a term of two years. It is chaired by Mr Goh Joon Seng, retired Supreme Court judge and comprises 18 other members, including former senior Home Team officers and prominent persons from the community with different backgrounds such as in the legal, medical and accounting fields (See Annex for full list of members).
5. In developing the IRP, the Ministry studied models used in other countries which have an independent body to review complaints against law enforcement officers.
MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS
1 AUGUST 2014