A bill to revamp the independent police watchdog has been backed by respondents to a public consultation, a senior security official said yesterday. Deputy Secretary for Security Timothy Tong Hin-ming said out of about 60 submissions received on the future of the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC), most supported giving it statutory status. Such a move would mean the body would be able to set up its own secretariat and receive funding to hire its own staff, instead of relying on civil servants. Mr Tong said respondents were also inclined to maintain the present police complaints mechanism - under which the force's internal Complaints Against Police Office (Capo) investigates its own members then passes findings on the to IPCC for endorsement - after modifications were made to increase transparency. Mr Tong said they had also consulted about 10 organisations including district councils and district anti-crime committees during the consultation. Although there was support for the existing complaints system, Mr Tong admitted there were also suggestions that the IPCC should be given investigative powers. Legislator James To Kun-sun has vowed to move an amendment to the bill to give the council power to probe complaints if it disagrees with Capo investigation results. But Mr Tong said the present system had worked well in the past two decades, as the police had full competence and credibility to conduct investigations. He said the council raised 868 queries or points with Capo out of a total of 3,500 complaint cases last year. He added 63 per cent of these points were accepted by the police.