The Independent Police Complaints Authority is an independent authority headed by the Police Complaints Council and the Chief Executive. The Police Complaints Council is the supreme governing body of the Authority and consists of a Chair, who must be a High Court judge, an attorney, a professor of jurisprudence and two representatives of the general public. Members of the Police Complaints Council are appointed by the Minister of Justice for four years at a time and are eligible for re-appointment once.

The Chief Executive is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Police Complaints Authority, which must be managed in accordance with the directions and guidelines issued by the Police Complaints Council.

The Police Complaints Authority also has several investigators as well as legal and administrative staff in its employ.