On leaving school, Nicholas Long joined the Merchant Navy as a seaman before embarking on a career as a surveyor. He has a longstanding interest in social and human rights issues, which have included acting as a volunteer adviser and trustee of numerous organisations. He also has an active interest in the criminal justice system, which he has developed over the last 20 years.
For his services to the community and the police in Lambeth, he was appointed MBE in 2001. Nicholas has contributed to a number of published reports pertaining to policing methods. He was an independent member of the Metropolitan Police Authority until 2004, where he was the deputy chair of the finance committee.
Nicholas is currently a commissioner at the Independent Police Complaints Commission of England and Wales, where he has responsibility for Humberside, South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Northumbria, Durham, and Cleveland police forces, and also has national responsibility for the United Kingdom Borders Agency. Nicholas is also the IPCC's commission lead for International Liaison and Development, Public Order and the 2012 Olympics.
The IPCC began work on 1 April 2004 with a wide range of new, stronger powers to radically change the way complaints against the police are handled in England and Wales.
The purpose ofthe IPCC is to ensure suitable arrangements are in place for dealing with complaints or allegations of misconduct against any person serving with the police in England and Wales. And in doing so to increase public confidence by demonstrating the independence, accountability and integrity of the complaints system and so contribute to the effectiveness of the police service as a whole.
The statutory powers and responsibilities of IPCC, Chief Police Officers, police authorities and Her Manjesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) for the new complaints system are set out in the Police Reform Act 2002 and the regulations made under it. The new system covers all police officers and special constables, police staff, and designated contracted escort and detention officers.
The IPCC may choose to independently investigate the most serious incidents, manage a police investigation, or supervise a police investigation.
Nicholas Long is the current convenor of the INIOP steering group.