A submission by the States of Jersey Police
An Extraordinary Submission by any standards
Just what was going on down at the "SOJP" under Warcup & Gradwell
Enter Channel Television
CTV - Must now asked to give evidence in my opinion
All will be Explained
The full submission can be read here. For now im just concentrating on the answers given below.
Remember - D/Supt Mick Gradwell had nothing to do with the BDO Report. You must remember this when reading the answers given in the SOJP submission and balance that against his alleged conduct. Was he Interviewed as a witness?
The former Acting Chief Officer, David Warcup, has been contacted to try to clarify this point. He has explained that his reason for not allowing Mr Kelllett to speak with Mr Harper during the course of the BDO Alto review was in order not to prejudice the ongoing "Wiltshire Enquiry" being conducted by Mr Moore.
My Comment - So, does this stack up? There are better legal minds out their than mine. As you can see from the full submission the Wiltshire Finance Investigation was different to the BDO Review so what was the problem. Does "not to prejudice the ongoing "Wiltshire Enquiry" " cut it? In my opinion I think Warcup is clutching at straws on that one.
Why is the Deputy Chief Officer Barry Taylor having to check with Warcup about the justification for this decision? Isn't it recorded on any policy file? Surely this is a key decision and would have been recorded.
Mr Warcup has indicated that he is fully prepared to answer any questions the Scrutiny Panel may have about this aspect of the review. He is not prepared for his contact details to be disclosed, but is content for any approach to be made via the SOJP. No one else has knowledge around this.
My Comment - This matter has been referred to the Wiltshire Constabulary and they have said - no part of Lenny Harpers Confidential Statement was disclosed to BDO Alto. So, did someone have access to that Statement in Jersey and did they let Mr Kellett have a look? Only Mr Kellett and BDO can answer this question regarding Mr Harpers Confidential Statement
3. "An Interim report by financial auditors was leaked to the Mail on Sunday in October 2009, eight months before the report was submitted to the Minister and was used in a highly critical report on the conduct of the Haut del a Garenne inquiry. It appears that a senior police officer was responsible for this leak"
It is understood that the likely content of the BDO Alto report was discussed with the Home Affairs Accounting Officer , A/CO Warcup, Mr M Kellett and D/Supt M Gradwell during 2009 in order that further work could continue towards a final report.
D/Supt M Gradwell left Jersey in August 2009 and retired from the police service on 2nd September 2009 . Prior to leaving and unknown to the States authorities , Mr Gradwell gave a number of press briefings , it is evident that Mr Gradwell made verbal reference to extracts from the BDO Alto report on financial matters. This was Wholly improper and less than helpful to the ongoing enquiry.
Mr Gradwell has also been contacted and is aware of the impending Scrutiny Panel Review. It is likely that he will make a written submission to the Panel. He does not wish his contact details to be disclosed.
The SOJP state - "Mr Gradwell is on public record as accepting that he quoted information from notes later incorporated in the report, but he vehemently denies 'leaking' a copy of a report to the media"
And in the next breath the SOJP state - "There has been no formal investigation into the 'alleged leak' . It was apparent from an earky stage that references made by Mr Gradwell to the press came from the draft report"
"D/Supt M Gradwell left Jersey in August 2009 and retired from the police service on 2nd September 2009 . Prior to leaving and unknown to the States authorities , Mr Gradwell gave a number of press briefings , it is evident that Mr Gradwell made verbal reference to extracts from the BDO Alto report on financial matters. This was Wholly improper and less than helpful to the ongoing enquiry."
I have checked the Two Award Winning Entries by CTV where they Interviewed Mick Gradwell as seen below. What I find really amazing is that Mick Gradwell doesn't mention anything from the BDO Alto Report NO VERBAL REFERENCES - Guess who does? Yup, it's the Reporter.
I have been looking at the Gradwell Interview it looks far to professional alongside the normal CTV effort. This was a well orchestrated, look at the camera angels and lighting, plus not one sound from the Interviewer, this is so he could get more air time. This looks like it could have come straight from the Chief Ministers Communication Unit. How has the CTV interviewer obtained this leaked report? All looking just a little to cosy with an award to top it all off. It has all the hallmarks of a journalistic 'puff'
If not Warcup, was Mick Gradwell totally out of control down at the "SOJP"
Or was someone else pulling the strings?