I’m sure you don’t need reminding that Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe is the ‘top cop’ in the land, the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, Big Cheese, Top Johnny. He is in charge.
Under his stewardship we have seen one of the biggest scandals to rock the Met for decades, (but by no means the only one, where do I start?). The recording of Crime Statistics for Metropolitan Police District.
It has been known by almost everyone within the Met that Crime Figures have been fiddled, it has been going on for decades and quite probably since the very first year that numerical targets were first introduced.
The then Police Constable James Patrick (amongst others) gave evidence to the Public Administration Select Committee and they eventually reported back that crime figures were being manipulated.
Tom Winsor of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary admitted that the manipulation of crime figures was taking place. The UK Statistics Authority withdrew the Met’s gold standard national statistics status. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, was forced to admit the numbers were being fiddled and said the issue was a cause for concern.
FOUR eminent authorities all admitting that Crime Stats were being fiddled.
So what happened next? Was it put right? Is all OK now?
Personally I have no idea whether I can yet trust the Met’s Crime Stats.
What happened next is that Police Constable James Patrick was hounded out of his job for daring to speak up.
Bernard Jenkin, the chair of the parliamentary committee that investigated the manipulation of crime stats, said: “The most depressing part of our inquiry is the way in which the Metropolitan police have treated my constituent, PC James Patrick, who was our key witness.”
The Grauniad went so far as to report this;
“The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) made repeated attempts to silence a whistleblower who exposed the widespread manipulation of crime statistics, it has emerged.
Documents seen by the Guardian show that senior officers made three separate attempts to stop PC James Patrick speaking out over the course of less than five months.”
Not a very honourable course of conduct in my opinion.
We also have the sorry tale of the TSG6, also on Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe’s watch. If you missed that story previously you can read the transcript here.
In the last few months two senior people have resigned from Tesco due to ‘an accounting error’. First we had the Finance Director falling on his sword, and just this week the Chairman.
So isn’t it about time that someone from the Met fell on their ceremonial sword and resigned as a point of honour over the most dishonourable things that appear to have happened, not to mention ‘an accounting error’ i.e. the Crime Stats?
Anyone want to run a book on when this will happen?