The above photograph was published on twitter recently and described as a historic moment with former Hampshire chiefs and deputies all together.
It is also historic in another way. All of the senior officers in the photograph have been involved in some way in my case apart from Chief constable Olivia Pinkney who has only recently been informed of the case.
The conduct of the above officers ranged from personally threatening me at my home address to covering up for their successors and acquiescing in corrupt practices utilising the Professional standards department “PSD”.
Some of the above Chief Constables also fobbed off representations made by concerned MPs.
The only one in the photo to have had minimal involvement at this stage is the new chief Constable Olivia Pinkney and only time will tell whether she will do the right thing or perpetuate the existing culture of abuse of power.
Whilst there are ongoing legal proceedings, limited information will be provided which do not form part of any current claim against Hampshire Constabulary.
At the end of this page there is a feedback form, if any police officer or member of the public has information which may be relevant to the matters raised, we would be pleased to hear from you.
This blog is a factual account of how the police service can abuse their power and unlimited resources to silence and crush an individual police whistleblower.
The story will take you through several years of continual harassment and an uphill struggle by a litigant in person who became ill during the process.
Examples will be given of how police federation assistance can be influenced by senior officers to leave officers unrepresented and having to negotiate an unforgiving legal minefield alone.
In addition to the foremost public interest element of this blog, advice and support will be available for officers who may be going through a similar situation or contemplating blowing the whistle so that an informed decision can be made.
All information provided is backed up by documentary and witness evidence, some of which has been in the public domain but not generally publicised.
Whilst there have always been whistleblowers in large organisations and recently much publicity concerning the NHS in this regard, there is generally little information concerning what happens in police forces and why there is a reluctance for police officers to step forward and do the ‘right thing’.
The vast majority of police officers will never have an understanding of some of the darker sides of the police service and to some extent that it is a good thing as the police service needs to recruit and retain good officers in these challenging times.
It should not be forgotten that when whistleblowers are victimised the impact on that individuals family and friends is considerable.
This account will also highlight the victimisation of a whistleblower’s wife and police federation representatives to apply pressure on the officer in an attempt to silence him and prevent him pursuing his allegations of corruption.
When this failed, the police resorted to methods which could be considered as courses of conduct designed to push the officer to take his own life and also resulting in a miscarriage of justice.
Individuals within the force including both police officers and police civilian staff have never been brought to account.
In a written statement to an employment tribunal; a Detective Chief Inspector stated “Without fear of favour, I assure the Tribunal this officer, and others who have suffered at the hands of Hampshire Constabulary, has been treated so unfairly, I am amazed he is still alive. This may sound dramatic, I know, but I hope to assist by showing a pattern of continuous bullying, intimidation and threats by senior officers of the force.”
In this case, there are also many other good officers of varying ranks who attempted to do the ‘right thing’ and were heavily victimised.
Examples of the extreme abuse of power by senior police officers will be highlighted as will the subsequent failures by the IPCC and apects of the judicial system.
These factors together with the lack of protection of police whistleblowers ultimately serve as a deterrent to police officers and to prevent them from coming forward to report wrongdoing. In short, there is nowhere for officers to turn without risking their livelihoods.
What is not generally known by the public is that police forces and the IPCC encourage corruption by their interpretation of the Police Reform Act 2002 which refers to a complaint only being able to be made by a “member of the public” and not a police officer.
The IPCC and police forces use this as an excuse not to investigate corrupt police officers despite receiving reliable information and evidence from serving police officers.
The standard response to police officers and police staff making such disclosures to the IPCC receive a standard response that under the Police Reform Act 2002 a police officer or a member of police staff is not considered to be a member of the public and as such unable to make a complaint and is also unable to apeal.
The interpretation of who is a member of the public is something that could be judically reviewed at some stage, if anyone has any additional information in this regard please let me know, my view is that a police officer has to be a citizen first to join the police and as such must also be a member of the public.
Ironically, although the IPCC is a designated authority for police officers being able to report wrongdoing, an officer has no right of appeal if no action is taken concerning their disclosure.
An officer is placed in a difficult position where if he or she does does not agree to the disclosure being forwarded back to the police force in question and sometimes the very same department or person complained of, no action is taken.
In practice, once permission has been given the IPCC will often forward the the allegations of corruption/wrongdoing back to the police force which inevetably is dealt with by the Professional Standards Department “PSD” who; are often themselves subject of the complaints.
I believe that a major contributing factor to a reduction in trust and confidence in the police can be levelled at internal investigation departmenst in police forces, in county police forces they are known as Professional Standards Departments and in the Metropolitan Police known as the Directorate of Professional Standards “DPS”.
These departments are virtually unnacountable, complaints now matter how serious concerning their conduct even if proved often result in the lowest form of police diciplinary sanction known as ‘management advice”.
Whilst there are many initiatives and public encouragement for whistleblowers to come forward, the reality is that behind the scenes whistleblowers are not welcomed, often treated as the enemy, police officers fitting up and mistreating colleagues is not of particular interest to the general public.
This account is different because the wrongdoing was initially towards members of the public, vulnerable persons and children.
The author having attempted to help and support the public and victims of crime was subsequently targeted at the highest levels when he challenged the corrupt practices of Hampshire Constabulary.
There is currently little evidence that the relatively new Police and Crime Commissioners who frequently use the same staff and structure as the previous police authorities, are prepared to challenge wrongdoing by Chief officers.
This account will also highlight examples of a lack of independence and collusion to protect senior police officers whilst silencing whistleblowers.
The Police Federation, despite their huge wealth appear reluctant to support police whistleblowers. They frequently fail to provide legal assistance or indeed challenge the behaviour of senior officers which can include intimidation of their own local police federation representatives.
Even now, having passed details to Hampshire Polioce Federation of bullying and intimidation of a police federation representative, there has been a reluctance to take positive action against a senior officer and upset the status quo.
The result is that police whistleblowers are left out on a limb either having to represent themselves or being compelled to withdraw their cases due to ill health, the resultant financial burden or a combination of both.
Whilst writing this, a long serving police constable has since resigned from the force following bullying and a lack of mental health support. The culture does not appear to have changed over the past 10 years.
Prior to making a decision to publish this disturbing account, I will be giving Hampshire Constabulary a further opportunity to resolve our issues and for the force and the PCC to do the right thing.
Corrupt practices, poor and negligent service to the public and worryingly, especially in the current climate, serious allegations involving police corruption and child abuse are matters that I will be pursuing with Chief Constable Andy Marsh and Simon Hayes the Police and Crime Commissioner.
Interestingly, since the publication of this Blog, Simon Hayes the Police and Crime Commisioner for Hampshire on 9 Deptember 2014 gave a message to delegates at the annual Local Safeguarding Children Boards conference on the Isle of Wight.
Mr Hayes said: “Protecting children and the most vulnerable members of our society goes to the heart of policing responsibilities. Because of this I’ve requested the Chief Constable to undertake an in-depth review into the historic situation across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight from 1997 to 2013. This will involve Children’s Social Services Departments from the four top tier Councils in the Constabulary area: Hampshire, Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.
Whether this move was as a result of my allegations at an Employment Tribunal or similar concerns being raised in the press Nationally, this is a welcome move and I will continue to seek for Mr Hayes to put into practice his public statements by intitiating a criminal investigation against Senior officers who acquiesced in corruption concerning a Paedophilia investigation on the Isle of Wight.
Many years ago following the death of Stephen Lawrence and the McPherson report, the term ‘institutional racism’ was applied specifically to the Metropolitan Police and by implication to other British police forces.
This account will go a step further in that it highlights ‘institutional corruption’ striking at the heart of Hampshire Constabulary’s Professional Standards Departments “PSD”).
Hampshire Constabulary in common with some other forces will be seen to have not learned from past mistakes; including dealing with Hate crime and domestic abuse.
Over the years many PSD’s have become unaccountable acting unethically and often illegally, believing their behaviour is an acceptable form of ‘noble cause corruption’.
PSD’s and the Met’s Department of Professional Standards “DPS” must be beyond reproach in their dealings with colleagues and the public when investigating alleged misconduct.
In some cases it has been their own conduct that is believed to be a contributing factor to police suicide and ultimately, this blog is being published in the public interest.
Whilst in the present climate there is criticism of the lack of action by police, this blog aims to raise awareness of the general public to the fact that there are good officers who go the extra mile for victims of crime and how they are often treated by their own forces when they have had the courage and moral fibre to report or challenge wrongdoing.
Compelling examples will be highlighted in Hampshire Constabulary where officers will be seen to have been rewarded for not challenging and aquiescing in wrongdoing whether it be manipulating crime figures to much more serious matters.
As mentioned at the start of this page, no further details will be published whilst there are ongoing legal proceedings or complaints against specific individuals.