The membership of the independent body monitoring the handling of police complaints could be widened to better reflect the community, according to the head of the committee. But the chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC), Robert Tang Ching, SC, also dismissed concerns about the impartiality of the police force in handling complaints against its officers. Mr Tang was speaking at a Legco security panel hearing yesterday, during which members were briefed about the outcome of a public consultation on the role and powers of IPCC conducted earlier this year. It has been proposed that the IPCC be given statutory status, allowing it to set up a secretariat and receive funding to hire its own staff, instead of relying on civil servants. The IPCC, consisting of lay observers and community members appointed by the Chief Executive, monitors the work of the Complaints Against Police Office (Capo). Mr Tang said he understood that people might feel it was unfair that police investigated police. 'That is why we want to involve more public members in our work . . . We would consider recruiting different people. 'They might be human rights advocates or grass-roots citizens. We want to make the IPCC a reflection of voices in our community so as to generate public confidence in us.' He also suggested Capo publicise its reports without identifying those involved. But he expressed concerns about the lack of resources to handle the increased workload should the committee become a statutory body. Some panel members said the IPCC should not just play a monitoring role. Legislator Lau Kong-wah of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong said the IPCC should have powers to conduct its own investigations rather than simply disagreeing or agreeing with Capo's decisions.