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Met borough detectives' actions are being examined.


Two officers from a local Metropolitan Police professional standards unit are under investigation for gross misconduct by the Independent Police Complaints’ Commission.

The pair, based in Kensington and Chelsea borough, are alleged to have failed to deal with an unverified number of complaints and conduct matters appropriately or in line with local and national policies and procedures.

The failures include not issuing officers with appropriate paperwork during the course of investigations and providing false information to complainants, according to a statement released by the IPCC.

The watchdog is currently examining 14 allegations, referred by the force, and covering a three-year period between 2012-2015.

IPCC Associate Commissioner Tom Milsom said: “These are serious allegations of wrongdoing by officers who themselves were responsible for upholding and improving professional standards within Kensington and Chelsea.

“The IPCC’s investigators will be examining a number of cases to determine if any actions or inactions by these two officers did not comply with standard police policies and guidance.”

A spokesman for the Met said: "In August 2016 the Metropolitan Police Service Directorate of Professional Standards made a referral to the Independent Police Complaints Commission in relation to concerns over the management of local misconduct investigations by two officers on Kensington and Chelsea Borough.

"Kensington and Chelsea Borough had noticed irregularities in a number of complaints and conduct matters previously dealt with by its Professional Standards unit."

The officers have been placed on restricted duties outside of professional standards.

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Interesting to note 14 allegations over 3 years. In 3 years I'd imagine the number of complaints to be of significant quantum, and therefore nominal complaints being investigated in comparison.

It's always disappointing to read stories of this nature as the repercussion fuels many a fire. However unless there is anything significant to do with these 14 perhaps it'd be a good idea to look at the complaint recording system itself, the training and management of the two officers and Professional Standards.

It's often not the failure of one person but the failure of the system as a whole. Sadly often the case that the buck is passed to an easy target and they become the scapegoat.

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