Last month I wrote a blog about the cost to the public purse of the disciplinary investigation into PC James Patrick.
If you haven’t already read it, you can read it here.
The result of that FOI request was that the Met could not tell me how much that enquiry had cost because that information was not recorded anywhere and for them to calculate it would push my request over the cost limit (£450).
I didn’t really believe that because in the latter days of my time in the Met every enquiry was costed, partly to monitor overtime and predominantly for Management Information (very important).
How on earth can Management make decisions about whether any enquiry is proportionate and Value For Money if they don’t monitor costs. Surely they still do that don’t they?
So I requested that they conducted an Internal Review of the original request and review based on that principle.
Today I got my response.
They have carried out a Review and upheld the original findings, the information is not recorded anywhere and would not be economically viable to calculate it.
I have two big problems with that;
a) Madeleine McCann. The Met can not only state how much that enquiry has cost them, (£4.7 million as at August 2013), but they can also estimate how much it will cost into the future. They estimate that Operation Grange costs in excess of £6,300 per day. Someone has provided these figures (and more) from somewhere so I don’t believe they’re not being recorded.
b) Plebgate. The Met have provided regular updates on the cost of this enquiry. In October 2013 DAC Pat Gallan revealed that the enquiry had cost £237,000 at that time, and it’s still going. Somebody has to have told her that figure. It has to be recorded somewhere.
So why isn’t the cost of the James Patrick investigation recorded?
I for one don’t believe it. Next stop Information Commissioner.
Maybe in the light of recent adverse press publicity the Met, amongst others, would like to grasp the nettle, deal with the issues identified properly once and for all, and embrace the TRUTH, and TRANSPARENCY. Is that really asking too much. Met Senior Management has suffered from Institutional Paranoia for far too long.