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Statement re: IPCC Operation Midland assessment

News   •  Mar 08, 2017 14:18 GMT

Response to IPCC assessment of Operation Midland:

Assistant Commissioner Fiona Taylor, in charge of Professionalism, said:

"We said on the publication of the review by Sir Richard that we are not afraid to learn lessons.

"The Met decided to refer these officers to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) after we had read the full detail of Sir Richard's review, so that an independent assessment could be made about their conduct. We believed that was important for the confidence of the complainants and indeed for our own officers, given the significance of these issues.

"Whilst the Met is clear we did not get everything right, the IPCC has found no evidence to indicate bad faith, malice or dishonesty on the part of the officers as they investigated the allegations made by 'Nick'. The IPCC also state that the information available to them indicates the investigation was extensive and carried out diligently.

"This work was carried out against a backdrop of intense scrutiny and allegations that in the past the Met had covered up sensitive allegations about prominent people.

"Our work to carry forward Sir Richard's recommendations is ongoing, and we are working with the College of Policing and others to that effect."