Is The End Game Finally In Sight?

For months and even years now, ex PC James Patrick fought the law, and the law won.  Whistleblower Extraordinaire, he exposed an undeniable truth, that CrimeStats were being routinely fiddled by a variety of people within the Met, and for a variety of different reasons, no doubt.  Undeniable because 100s and thousands of us KNEW that he was telling the truth because we have lived through it, it was the ‘norm’.

At the end of the day it cost him his livelihood, it cost him his tranquillity, it cost him (in a manner of speaking) his reputation, because he now has a Disciplinary Finding of Guilt, which won’t exactly act as a reference if he ever decided that he wanted to rejoin the Police Service.  In all the ways that matter, though, it has enhanced his personal and professional reputation immensely.

So, after a while Parliament conducted and enquiry/investigation into #CrimeStatsGate which culminated in yesterday’s news headline criticising the Met for its treatment of James.  Bernard Jenkin MP told parliament ex-Met PC James Patrick was the victim of “monstrous injustice” and was “hounded” from his job..  Quite strong words really, don’t you think?  Just because they are uttered with the benefit of Parliamentary Privilege doesn’t make them any less true.

“Mr Patrick had said crime figures had been manipulated and sexual offences were under-reported by 22-25%.”    Errrrmm and how much have reports of Sexual Offences gone up by now?  Surely there can’t be a connection?  Can there?

 

To illustrate the enormity of James’ actions I will reproduce a selection of verbatim quotes from the transcript of PASC’s meeting yesterday;

Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham) (Con): Although I am now a proud member of the Public Administration Committee, I was not a member when the report was done. Does my hon. Friend agree that PC James Patrick’s actions were both courageous and in the public interest, and that he has done a great service to this country in ensuring that this matter is highlighted, as the Committee has done?

Mr Jenkin: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. It is worth emphasising that under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, PC Patrick should have been afforded some protection. I will come to the position of whistleblowers later in my remarks………………………………….We found strong evidence that the police have under-recorded crime, particularly sexual crime such as rape, in many police areas. There remain wide disparities in no-crime rates—that is, where police decide that a crime did not take place—following reports of rape, for example. In January 2014, Her Majesty’s inspectorate of constabulary, on behalf of the Rape Monitoring Group, released a compendium of statistics on recorded rapes in each force over the previous five years. I invite right hon. and hon. Friends and colleagues to look at the table showing how wide the variation is among different forces across England and Wales in their no-criming of rape. According to the figures, in Lincolnshire, for example, 26% of all reported rapes were no crimed in 2012-13; by contrast, in Merseyside, only 4% were. The national average was 11.9%…………………………….The main reason for misrecording was the continued prevalence of numerical targets………………

Our official police witnesses, most notably the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, were somewhat defensive and seemed unready to acknowledge that their statistics were inherently flawed. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe told us that the accuracy of data on rape and sexual offences was

“a lot better than it was, if we took it back five to 10 years.”  [Well that’s alright then]……………..

even the Metropolitan Police Commissioner agrees that

“there is clearly something that PC Patrick raises that we need to get to the bottom of.”

Despite that, I can only describe the treatment of my constituent James Patrick as shameful. By doing his duty and raising the issues, he showed the highest commitment to the core policing values, but as a result he became the victim of the most monstrous injustice. He was in effect hounded out of his job, following a long period of harassment by the Metropolitan police command chain, which, I dare say, used and abused the disciplinary process to get rid of him. It does the police no credit that a whistleblower should be treated in such a way. He was, for example, accused of a conflict of interest for publishing a book about the misuse of police recorded crime statistics, even though the proceeds were paid to a police charity. In an LBC radio programme in December last year, Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said that he would meet PC Patrick. He never did so.

There is much, much more in the PASC document, but I think the above will suffice.  I had never encountered Bernard Jenkin before James’ problems, but in the limited contact I have had with him he strikes me as being one of a rare breed, a decent and honourable politician.  I just hope that I am not proved wrong.

So, Dear Reader, if you’re still with me at this point, just how despicable was James’ treatment at the hands of the Met?  You decide.

This should make you smile James:-  A new entry in Oxford English Dictionary perhaps; INTEGRITY – James Patrick, The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles:

Just a thought

 

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15 thoughts on “Is The End Game Finally In Sight?

  1. Conservative Chair of select committee in effect – and oh so politely – accuses the Home Office and the Government of LYING

    Home Office Minister, Norman Baker
    “Last year, before the Select Committee’s inquiry began, the Home Secretary commissioned HMIC to undertake a detailed inspection of crime recording in every police force.”

    Bernard Jenkin, PASC Chair
    “HMIC was not specifically tasked with that responsibility until after our inquiry started. There has been some retrospective interpretation of what HMIC was asked to do, as HMIC was tasked to do that only after our report got going. I understand why everyone is a bit defensive about what our inquiry started to uncover, and the Government want to be seen to be ahead of the game, but I honestly believe that he is inadvertently misleading the House”

    NOT specifically tasked..
    AFTER our inquiry started..
    RETROSPECTIVE INTERPRETATION..
    ONLY AFTER our report..
    DEFENSIVE about what our inquiry started to uncover..
    Government want to be SEEN TO BE ahead of the game.,
    I honestly believe that he is inadvertently MISLEADING THE HOUSE

    (the added word “inadvertently” is what passes for politeness in Tory circles..)

    The Tories are liars. The honest ones not only know this. They admit it. They even say so in public. They see that defensive lies by Govt must no longer wash..

  2. Future Whistleblowers, look on the works of Norman Baker and despair.

    Andrew Turner, MP
    “which Metropolitan police body was responsible for the treatment of the person involved, leading to his departure?”
    http://www.theyworkforyou.com/whall/?id=2014-10-16a.141.0#g166.2

    Home Office Minister, Norman Baker
    “I am not in a position to go into the case of PC James Patrick in great detail..”

    WHY NOT?

    PC Patrick is an ex PC, he doesn’t parrott for the Met. He never did. He has no outstanding case against the Met. No legal considerations justify such slippery reticence.

    Norman, why don’t you ever go into it in some (if ‘great’ is too onerous) detail?
    Why don’t you ever go into it in ANY detail?

    Because, Norm, you continue to cover up for the perpetrators. And you’ll persist until they get away with it – Scot free – won’t you?

    So your hollow words about upholding the truth and your retrospective actions, poorly designed to be seen to be ‘ahead of the game’, merely show the Govt still has no genuine interest in protecting or promoting those who still take the trouble to speak it.

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  4. Integrity shock – it’s not enough – only integritty has a chance

    “This has infected the heart of government itself. There are lots and lots and lots of good, ethical people who hate what is happening. I know ethical police officers who have talked about resisting political pressures, and it’s difficult. They may be scandalised and even suffer personally at the hands of those who realise their career ambitions by cynically playing the numbers game.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/apr/12/police-officers-fiddling-crime-statistics-england-wales-figures

  5. I’m not sure that this counts as the last word, Alan.

    At the moment anyone who has followed this story has only heard one side (Mr Patricks) while other parties (and there are a few) have kept their counsel about this issue.

    Supporters of Mr Patrick, like yourself, do yourself no favours by cherry picking the aspects of the case that support your case (Mr Patrick Good (Hurrah!) – Metropolitan Police Bad (Booo!)) while conveniently ignoring other aspects (and, again, there are a few) which don’t support that view.

    For example, in this case, you have chosen the parts of Mr Jenkin’s speech that suit your case, while ignoring the parts which don’t. As Mr Jenkins told the Commons; the most shameful aspect of this case has been the lack of support from the Police Federation.

    I suspect that if you unpick the decisions of the Police Federation a very different picture of Mr Patrick’s story (i.e. the views of his colleagues) will begin to emerge. Until now, those views have not been heard.

    It’s like hearing a case solely on the evidence and submissions of the defence.

    This may be the last word from the supporters of Mr Patrick (I doubt it) but we have yet to hear the full facts.

    Just because some parties in this matter have remained silent, it doesn’t follow that the only one speaking is telling the whole story.

    • You are quite right Keira, I made a deliberate decision not to clutter up my blog with a verbatim transcript of Mr Jenkin (and others’) statements, but it is a publicly available document and readers are at liberty to seek it out and establish the full context for themselves. Speaking for myself I would welcome statements on this issue from both the Met and the Metropolitan Police Federation on the case of Mr Patrick, to date I have yet to see a comprehensive explanation from either party. There is a perfectly valid reason why I have not criticised the Federation more, but you would be unaware of that reason, and I don’t see that I have a requirement to share that with someone who appears to ‘hide’ behind a disposable email address.

  6. You are quite right Keira, some of his colleagues have not been heard.

    Why not?

    They’ve not been heard throughout the period (over 2 years) in which JP was trying to alert his bosses & the Govt that crime figures are being fiddled, victims of rape persuaded to withdraw their claims, rapists therefore free to rape someone else, decisions based on fraudulent figures used to misdirect scarce manpower during the riots, etc.

    Did his silent colleagues judge these claims false?

    If true, why weren’t his colleagues ever heard loudly corroborating them?

    Or were they merely annoyed he’d spoken out & so peevishly withheld any support?

    Many retired officers confirmed the claims by JP are true and even many not-yet-retired officers communicated their agreement, even if only sometimes privately. But all expressed fury at his unjust treatment.

    Why have his colleagues, in particular, not been heard in support of JP against what Bernard Jenkin MP describes as the “monstrous injustice” against him by his employer?

    “He was in effect hounded out of his job, following a long period of harassment by the Metropolitan police command chain, which, I dare say, used and abused the disciplinary process to get rid of him”

    You are quite right Keira, some of his colleagues have not been heard.

    I suggest the colleagues whose views you’ve chosen to represent have not been heard for a completely different reason to any you are trying to insinuate.

  7. Yes, if every colleague approached by, or who has approached, Alan has supported the allegations re dodgy crime stats, the colleagues whose views Keira has chosen to represent were probably not heard for the ‘completely different reason’ that they were among those complicit in the “long period of harassment by the Metropolitan police command chain” – and most likely included:

    DI James Raphael
    PS Iain Martin
    DCI Iain Raphael
    PS Ross Gibbings
    Assistant Commissioner Simon Byrne
    Inspector Mike Rawsthorn
    Detective Superintendent Simon Laurence
    Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Letchford
    Commander Allan Gibson
    Commander Peter Spindler
    Commander Ephgrave

    (http://jamesp79.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/withholding-evidence-from-parliament, https://retiredandangry.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/how-do-you-find-james-patrick-guilty-or-not-guilty/comment-page-1/#comment-973)

    The views of far more colleagues, in support of JP and in agreement with the allegations, are definitely not represented by Keira. These 63 (mostly) ex-Met officers, for example, wished openly to express their anger at the vindictiveness exhibited by their previous employer:

    1 Alan Wright ex Met
    2 Sharon Birch ex Met
    3 Stephen Birch ex Met
    4 Pat Brennen ex Met
    5 Helen Bradburn ex Met
    6 Brian Adamson ex Met
    7 Willie Mohan ex Met
    8 Chris Glossop ex Met
    9 Stephen Southwell ex Met
    10 Pauline Weddle ex Met
    11 Paul Jefford ex Met
    12 Adam Watts ex Met
    13 Steve Dennis ex Met
    14 Charles Walker ex Met
    15 Peter Oldham ex Met
    16 Phil Herdman ex Met
    17 Ian Templeton ex Met
    18 John West ex Met
    19 Peter Neale ex Met
    20 John Piggot ex Met
    21 Neil Frame ex Met
    22 Jackie Hastings ex Met
    23 Mike Pannett ex Met
    24 Eric Halfhide ex Met
    25 Karen McGarry ex Met
    26 Frances Wallace ex Met
    27 Colin Biggar ex Met
    28 Robert Southgate ex Met

    29 Mark Cook ex Met

    30 Andrew Holland ex Met

    31 Mark Wood ex Met
    32
 Frank Jennings ex Met
    33 Helen Bradburn ex Met
    34 John Barron ex Met
    35 Lobby Thornton ex Met
    36 Karen Dunnett ex Met

    37 Christopher Pengelly ex Met
    
38 William Sharpe ex Met

    39 Ian Giles ex Met

    40 Maurice McPhillimey ex Met
    41 
Colin Greenlees ex Met

    42 Doug Vieweg ex Met
    43 Ian McDonald ex Met

    44 Karen Gilmour ex Met
    45 Stephen Blue Hake ex Met
    46 Richard Hutchinson ex Met
    47 Ian Maw ex Met
    48 Peter Burnell ex Met
    49 Paul Baker ex Met
    50 Steve Bennett ex West Midlands
    51 Clive Bishop ex Met
    52 Pete Plumb
    53 Paul Shinnick ex Met
    54 Michael Platts ex Met
    55 Hamish Boyd ex Met
    56 David Pengelly ex Met
    57 Chris Hobbs ex Met
    58 Steve Highton ex Met
    59 Mark Acford
    60 Cameron McCann ex Met
    61 Geoff Beale ex Met
    62 W.Glyn Thomas ex PS54″C”
    63 Duncan Reid, ex Met 30yrs

    (http://effiemerryl.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/in-support-of-police-whistle-blower-pc.html)

      • Thank you all that have responded so far.

        I am not so much as anti Mr Patrick as pro hearing more than just the one side of the story, and pointing out that there are gaps in Mr Patrick’s account doesn’t mean he is totally wrong.

        A Conservative MP has made a strong attack on the integrity of the Police Federation and singled out their behaviour as the most shameful aspect of this case – their silence in light of this attack indicates that we (or at least me) don’t yet know the whole story in this affair.

        A truth is no less true because it is inconvenient and the elephant in the room in this affair is the silence of the Fed.

  8. Hi James,

    Would you have time for a chat. I too have gone through a very similar experience with the MPS which led to my resignation in January.
    I would very much like to speak to you to discuss this

    Kind Regards

    Paul

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