Who Would be a Whistleblower? Not many, it takes a particular type of person.
Who would be a Whistleblower in the Met? Not very many at all, and after the recent shenanigans I would be entirely surprised if anybody at all within the Met thought it it was worth the risk and aggravation.
After James Patrick’s stirling efforts in exposing the sham that is called Crime Statistics (amongst other things) the end result was that he felt that he had no other alternatives, so he resigned. Baroness Jenny Jones asked Boris and The Met questions about their Whitsleblowing policies, all of which were met with wishy washy (if any) answers. Requests to the Met under the Freedom of Information Act were either refused or responded to with confusing and contradictory answers.
Then Jenny Jones asked Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey if he could provide ONE single example of a Whistleblower in the Met feeling that it had been a ‘positive experience’. Not one single person who exposed wrongdoing does not feel their career was negatively impacted or that they were treated fairly despite 1,121 reports being made through its internal reporting system ‘Rightline’ in the last four years. NOT ONE out of over 1,100 cases.
That is a damning indictment of the Met and its Management.
The Metropolitan Police is quite clearly more concerned about its image than it is with being loyal to its officers and staff, particularly those 1,121 people who put their heads above the parapet.
Craig Mackey, told the Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee that rewarding whistleblowers “is to effectively inculcate them and to provide some support around them in terms of the process around it.” Well that all sounds a bit pink and fluffy to me. Thick old me didn’t have a clue what ‘inculcate’ meant so I went away and looked it up. The Oxford Dictionary defines it thus ;”Instil (an idea, attitude, or habit) by persistent instruction:“, so there you have it.
So, I ask you again, “Who would want to be a Whistleblower in the Met?”
Come to think of it, can anyone provide me with a single example where anyone in the Police Service ANYWHERE has had a ‘positive experience’ whistleblowing?
Can anyone provide me with a single experience of anybody in the Public Sector (NHS, Local Govt etc etc) that has had a ‘positive experience?
I’m here all week to take our replies, I thank you.