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Response to the IOPC's assessment of matters linked to the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel report

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Response to the IOPC's assessment of matters linked to the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel report

The following is the Metropolitan Police's response to the Independent Office for Police Conduct’s assessment of matters linked to the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel report.

Assistant Commissioner Amanda Pearson said: "We deeply regret that we have been unable to bring those responsible for the murder of Daniel Morgan to justice. We profoundly apologise.

"Corrupt individuals, including police officers, played a significant part in undermining our ability to bring offenders to justice and we recognise the impact this has had on the public's confidence in us.

"In the years that have passed we’ve transformed how we investigate homicide, identify misconduct and drive out corruption. We continue to work on implementing the recommendations set out by HMICFRS’s report relating to the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel and counter-corruption in the Met.

"We are always open to learning and are studying this report to understand how it can shape our work."

We note comments by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) that they disagreed with assessments made that there was no indication retired Met officers - two of them senior – may have breached police standards of professional behaviour.

We are in agreement with the IOPC that there are insufficient or no grounds to take any further action.

An indication that there may have been a breach of the standards of professional behaviour does not mean misconduct is proven.

Please find below a statement on behalf of former Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick.

Dame Cressida Dick said: “After their assessment, the IOPC has concluded that there are not grounds for any misconduct investigation - and wouldn't be even if I were still serving.

“This conclusion concurs with the assessment made by the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime many months ago.

“The IOPC recognise that everything I did was for a legitimate purpose.

“They also recognise that in providing 'full and exceptional disclosure' to the panel I had to fulfil other legal responsibilities - most importantly, not to disclose inappropriately information that would put lives at risk.

“I disagree with their analysis that my actions 'may give an indication of a breach of standards of professional behaviour' and that ‘I may have got the balance wrong'.

“In the period from September 2014 to January 2015, the record shows I and my team acted professionally, flexibly, expeditiously, diligently and with integrity in a challenging, unprecedented and complex task.

“By December 2014, the Panel had received 133,000 pages of material.

“Finally, and most importantly, I deeply regret that no one has been brought to justice for Daniel’s murder and regret everything the Met or any of its members have done which has added to the pain of Daniel’s family of losing Daniel in such terrible circumstances.”