Former Met chief Cressida Dick ‘breached standards in Daniel Morgan case’

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Former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick may have breached standards of professional conduct in the case of murdered private investigator Daniel Morgan, a review has found.

Mr Morgan was hacked to death with an ax in the car park of the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham, south-east London, on 10 March 1987.

An independent panel set up to look into the case published a scathing report in June last year in which it called “a form of institutionalized corruption” at the Met to cover up or deny failings in unsolved murders. was accused of

On Wednesday, the police watchdog published its review of cases linked to the report.

Daniel Morgan was murdered in Sydenham, south-east London, in 1987 (Family Handout/PA) / PA Media

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said it had determined “there are indications that former Commissioner Cressida Dick, when she was Assistant Commissioner and from May 2013 to early 2015, the senior in charge of the inquiry The officer may have violated the standards of professional conduct but that does not justify disciplinary action”.

It said there was “no evidence that Commissioner Dick’s intention was to protect corrupt officers”.

The IOPC added that it appears that Ms Dick “acted in the genuine belief that she had a legitimate policing purpose” due to data protection concerns but that those concerns may have overridden her responsibility. But the provision of full and extraordinary disclosure may have gone wrong. Panel”.

The watchdog concluded that the criticisms in the report “do not meet the threshold required to record a case of conduct and there is no basis on which to exercise the power of initiative”.

No-one has been brought to justice over the father-of-two’s death, with the Metropolitan Police admitting that corruption had hampered the original investigation into the murder.

Inquiries so far have cost more than £40 million.

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The IOPC said that, following the 2021 report of its detailed and exhaustive assessment panel, there were “no new lines of inquiry that could now result in criminal or disciplinary action”.

In a statement, Mr Morgan’s family said they were “disappointed but not surprised” by the IOPC review and questioned why it had taken so long for the watchdog to produce “more than a poor shadow of the panel’s findings” last year. .

“What we find here is a very shoddy exercise by the IOPC to avoid the implications of police corruption and criminality that the panel’s report forced it to acknowledge,” he said.

Regarding the specific search for Dame Cressida, the Morgan family said it appeared the watchdog had found “reasons not to exercise its powers to act on this search”.

He added: “By doing so, the IOPC demonstrates that it faces within its own ranks the disease it seeks to diagnose within the Met.”

Everything I did was for a legitimate purpose.

Dame Cressida said she disagreed with the IOPC’s assessment that she may have breached the standards, insisting she and her team had “a challenging, unprecedented and complex task”. Worked professionally, flexibly, quickly, diligently and with integrity”.

He said the watchdog had recognized that “what I did was for a legitimate purpose”.

She added that she “deeply” regrets “that no one has been brought to justice for Daniel’s murder”, and that “the Matt or any of its members regret everything that they did.” has added to the pain of Daniel’s family to have lost Daniel in these terrible circumstances.”

Assistant Met Commissioner Amanda Pearson said the force had “transformed the way we investigate murder, identify corruption and stamp out corruption”.

He added that the Met was continuing to work to implement the recommendations set out by the Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) report released in March this year, which included public A number of things have been determined to restore confidence. power

Mr Morgan’s family accused the force and those responsible for overseeing it of “choosing to dismiss the challenge before them” by the 2021 report, and the courage to confront a culture of corruption. Have failed to find integrity and intent. Cover-up that remains common in the Met”.

He added: “In the circumstances, we believe there is no reason to expect anything better from the newly appointed leadership of the Met.”

IOPC Regional Director for London, Sal Naseem, said: “In coming to our decisions, we are acutely aware that corruption directly linked to the investigation of a murder has resulted in a successful prosecution of an officer. The case was not prosecuted and no significant disciplinary action was taken against him.

“The wrongs that have been done can never be righted, but it can be a small consolation to Mr Morgan’s family and loved ones if the officers involved now have to face the consequences of their actions.”

He said what happened should be a “significant reminder” for police “of the importance of constant vigilance in challenging inappropriate and corrupt behavior swiftly, firmly and firmly”.

Dame Cressida stepped down as commissioner in April following criticism over her handling of racist, abusive and homophobic messages shared by a group of officers based at Charing Cross police station and a series of other scandals. had resigned which plagued Matt during his tenure. In the post

In July, Sir Mark Rowley, the former head of counter-terrorism policing, was named as the Met’s next commissioner.