Back in the beginning of February I asked the Met for the cost of the James Patrick Disciplinary Enquiry. Their reply, you may remember, was
Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) investigations are not
routinely costed by the MPS. The investigation into PC James Patrick has
accordingly, not been attributed a cost. Furthermore, should a member of
staff endeavour to calculate the cost of this investigation, there is
insufficient information held by the MPS to undertake this calculation.
For example, police officers are required, each day, to complete a duty
state. The duty state records the activities performed by a police
officer. This record does not contain sufficient detail to allow the time
spent by a police officer on a particular investigation to be calculated.
This is largely because police officers tend to be involved in more than
one investigation at any given time and the duty state does not record
each activity performed by an officer and attribute this activity to a
particular investigation. Moreover, it should also be noted that no record
of duties exists for members of police staff.
I did not believe them and so I requested that they carried out a Review of their response. The response to their Review was this
The information requested is not held by the MPS. Even discounting costs
that are not connected to staff time, this information is not held.
Furthermore, the MPS response explained that information recorded on duty
states does not contain sufficient information to identify time spent on
the investigation to which your request relates. It follows that the MPS
are unable to provide the total number of hours expended on the
Well you can imagine that I wasn’t very pleased to see that as the direct result of a Freedom of Information request the Met had been able to state the current AND PROJECTED costs of the McCann enquiry.
Now I see in the press, also as the result of a Freedom of Information request, the Met can tell the press that it has cost them £5.9 million to guard Julian Assange.
I can see that I’m going to have to point that little anomaly out to the Information Commissioner before he finishes assessing my Appeal against the Met response.
Incompetence or out and out lies? Whichever, I’ve reached the stage where I don’t believe a single word that comes out of The Centre.
It’s difficult for me to view this as anything other than yet one more Own Goal.
MPS – just be honest and open with me and tell me how much it has cost. Is that really too much to ask?
It really is time that #TeamMet had a new manager. David Moyes is free.