Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thank you Deputy Pitman



Deputy Trevor Pitman


I would like to thank Deputy T Pitman for submitting this oral question.




11.   Deputy T.M. Pitman of St. Helier will ask the following question of the Minister for Home Affairs –

 

       “Will the Minister confirm whether he was ever advised by the Chief Minister that the former Chief Officer of the States of Jersey Police had requested, on 3rd April 2010, that his response to the Wiltshire Report should be published?”

 


The  question relates to the letter sent by the former Chief of Police Graham Power to the Chief Minister on April 3rd 2010.  Graham Power stated that if the minister for Home Affairs was going to release any parts of the Wiltshire Disciplinary Report then his report (statement) should be released at the same time. 


So, what the hell has gone wrong (AGAIN)


Everything this Government has done in relation to Graham Power & Lenny Harper has been a monumental disaster.


What really scares me is that the vast majority of the States Chamber just sit back and let this happen


How many times do you have to catch these two out before the penny drops?


There should be a vote of no confidence against ILM. How has he been allowed to get away with trashing a man's reputation and with not so much as a murmur from the vast majority of the chamber


Is it gross incompetence or is it corruption at the highest level? 


I have been asking straight forward legitimate questions of our Home Affairs Minister but nothing comes back. I will keep asking and researching.


One great big serious Disaster


Truth HONESTY and Integity


Rico Sorda


 



This is what Graham Power asked of the Chief Minister in April 2010 and I quote; 


"I regard the threat to publish the report at this or any other time as an expression of malicious intent, and should publication occur, all of my options are reserved.   However, without prejudice to any of the above, your intention is drawn to the existence of my own report on the management of the enquiry which is set out in the form of an extensive statement, a copy of which is in the Ministers possession.   Should the Minister decide, in spite of all of the above, to proceed with further publication of the Moore report, then it would appear to be entirely reasonable that my own report be published at the same time."







Sunday, March 20, 2011

APRIL 3RD 2010- It really is that simple..

Senator ILM



The Chief Minister

DONT THEY TALK?????????????


Why hasn't Senator Ian Le Marquand published Graham Powers 62,000 word statement he gave Witshire?


Is it right that the only excuse the Minister keeps trotting out is "Well he didn't ask me" 


Where has Natural Justice disappeared to in Jersey?


Should we be contacting the "UN" for some much needed regime change?


Has the rule of law fully broken down in Jersey?



Just what is going on here? I really mean it. What is going on here in Jersey. Why does the Minister for Home Affairs run away from me in the Royal Square. He also declines to answer my emails because he says i'm  rude; 


IM RUDE!!!!!!!!!


Senator Le Marquand refuses to answer my questions for one very simple reason, he cant. He has been caught out. He has been caught out because  people like myself have Investigated, Researched and then asked the questions that any journalist with an editor not up the establishment backside should be asking.  Its not even rocket science, or hard, catching these Minister out. The reason for this is simple, they have never had to  worry about anything being reported or investigated, its just not the done thing.  It scares the living daylights out of me. Can you just imagine what has been allowed to go on in Jersey, all passing under the radar because the Media is completely  toothless.  Graham Power was to be suspended and that was it, end of story, everyone goes on their way, no questions asked, give it a couple of months and then Graham Who?????? Then the times stated a changing.


The Plebs started writing blogs.


Senator ILM had two choices when he became Home Affairs Minister he chose the wrong one. Im not rude, I just call it how I investigate it. Constantly Trashing a mans reputation at the end of a very successful carer is rude. Failing to inform GP of the release of further extracts from Wiltshire is rude, calling Lenny Harper an incompetent mavrick is rude, calling the integrity of Anre Baker of ACPO into question is rude, failing to understand natural justice is rude. I could go on but I will leave it there.  I have learnt over these past years that when dealing with the Home Affairs Minister:


If it looks like a duck, waddles like a duck, sounds like a duck 


Its a DOG

 



Here are some links that are "must listens" concerning the Shambolic treatment of Graham Power at the hands of the States of Jersey and its Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand


TJW QUESTIONS WITHOUT ANSWERS


ILM GETTING OWNED ON BBC JERSEY


GRAHAM POWER INTERVIEW PART1



So, we come to the letter that I reproduce below. It was sent to the Chief Ministers Department on the 3rd April 2010.  The reason it was sent to the Chief Ministers Department is simple; ILM  had to remain "Neutral" (I know well funny) during Graham Powers suspension.  Now, as you will see from the letter the following lines are enclosed. 



"Should the Minister decide, in spite of all of the above, to proceed with further publication of the Moore report, then it would appear to be entirely reasonable that my own report be published at the same time. " 

Graham Power April 3rd 2010


 The question we must now ask is a simple one. Isn't there any contact between the Chief Ministers Department and Home Affairs?

What is going on???

They just go on trashing a mans reputation without a care in the world. They don't even inform Graham Power what there doing. They didn' event bother informing GP that all disciplinary proceedings were being dropped. It has been shocking  and all going unchecked. 

The States Chamber must shoulder some of the blame. 


Graham Power said on April 3rd 2010 that he wanted his report published.


You really cant make this up can you


TLS & ILM

A Jersey Disaster 


Rico Sorda





Graham Power Saturday 3rd April 2010.


The Chief Minister,

Cyril Le Marquand House,

Jersey.


Dear Chief Minister,

Request for independent investigation into the conduct of the Minister for Home Affairs, Senator Ian Le Marquand.

The purpose of this letter is to set out the basis of my request for an independent investigation into the conduct of Senator Ian Le Marquand, the Minister for Home Affairs.   I also have some additional representations to make concerning the current disciplinary enquiry.

You will recall that I was suspended from duty as Chief Officer of the States Police in November 2008.   The suspension occurred towards the end of what, from all independent accounts, was a successful and distinguished period of service to the Island.   From the very beginning of the suspension, and at all times subsequently, I have maintained that the suspension was unjustified, and that any allegations against me were false.   That position has not changed.

As part of the suspension process I was served with documents and a copy of the Disciplinary Code which clearly stated that “All parties involved in the operation of this Code will maintain confidentiality while proceedings are being progressed.”   I have at all times sought to observe this requirement.

In addition, I have at every stage attempted to move things forward, and to assist in bringing the matter to an early conclusion.   I have co-operated fully with Mr Brian Moore, the Chief Constable of Wiltshire, who is the Investigating Officer acting on behalf of the Chief Executive.   In July 2009 I provided Mr Moore with a statement consisting of over 62,00 words, and in March 2010 I provided a further statement of over 13,000 words.   

Nobody should be surprised to learn that since November 2008 I have been approached by a number of journalists, some representing major UK media interests, who have sought to persuade me to provide them with exclusive material relating to the abuse enquiry, the Jersey government, and  the circumstances of my suspension.   I have consistently dealt with these approaches by declining to make comment, on the basis that to do so would constitute a breach of the Disciplinary Code.   

Against this background you are aware that I have made a number of representations, culminating in my letter to the Deputy Chief Executive dated 1st March 2010, in which I set out the history of my suspension, and offered the view that the Minister had by then prolonged matters to a point at which a return to work was impossible, and I had therefore effectively been dismissed.   I have not received a reply to that letter.   This is entirely consistent with the behaviour which the Minister, and those acting on his behalf, have shown throughout this matter.   Letters seeking information are often simply ignored, and the normal courtesies of professional correspondence and fair play are treated with a disdain bordering on contempt.    I hope you will appreciate how difficult it has been for me to sustain a meaningful engagement in the face of this behaviour.

You will also know that Mr Moore has formally recorded his own view on the confidentiality of his report, and has provided all parties with a written notice in which he states that the contents of his report are exempt from any Freedom of Information disclosure, and “the disclosure of information would be likely to prejudice relations between the United Kingdom and Jersey.”

With these issues in mind I have observed, with growing incredulity, the conduct of the Minister for Home Affairs over recent days.   On Sunday 21st March 2010 the Minister was heard live on the BBC Radio Jersey “Talkback” programme.   At the time of writing steps are in hand to obtain a transcript of the Ministers comments.   Nevertheless, from my notes of the broadcast, it is clear that the Minister engaged in what appeared to be a number of persistent and deliberate contraventions of the confidentiality requirements of the Disciplinary Code.   In addition, he also indicated a degree of  pre-judgement of the evidence which was inconsistent with his role as a “judge” in my disciplinary case, and which demonstrated complete disregard for my Human Right to a fair and independent hearing under Article 6 of the Convention.   My notes indicate the Minister said on live radio that he had a copy of the report with him in the studio, and there is a suggestion that some part of it may have been seen by, or at the least discussed with, another States member who was present.   He also took the position that there was mismanagement of the Historic Abuse enquiry, and I was in some way responsible.   I regard these claims to be totally false and without justification.   I also noted that he spoke of a senior member of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) who is a potential defence witness on my behalf, and described the conduct of that person as “scandalous.”   The conduct of the Minister on “Talkback” was in its own right a serious breach of the Disciplinary Code, and one which undermined any claim he may make to be capable of properly discharging his disciplinary responsibilities.   However, more was to follow.

I have subsequently seen a media report which indicates that Senator Le Marquand has told a Scrutiny hearing that he will release parts of the Moore report to States Members.   This would appear to constitute a further expression of intent to contravene the confidentiality requirement of the code, and to undermine my right to a fair hearing.   You are of course aware that my ultimate disciplinary authority is the States as a whole.  This being the case it is difficult to see the Ministers stated intention as anything other than an attempt to prevent  me from receiving a fair hearing before the States,  should that eventuality arise.

You will now be aware, that notwithstanding the apparent breaches of the rules of integrity, fair play, and respect for Human Rights, which had been committed by the Minister during March 2010, a further breach occurred on 1st April 2010 which, in the view of most observers, surpassed all which had gone before.   An article appeared as a lead story in a Jersey newspaper which left no doubt that significant parts of the Moore report had been leaked, and that the leak had come either directly from the Minister, or others acting on his behalf.   The article purported to give details of the Moore report, and was accompanied by a photograph of what appeared to be the cover of the report bearing the Wiltshire Police crest.  The Minister is quoted extensively in relation to the Moore report, and appears to be uninhibited in his willingness to discuss publicly a report, the confidentiality of which he is obliged to uphold.   The leaks are targeted and selective.   They make mention of alleged critical comment of my own role, but omit reference to evidence of political interference in the abuse investigation, or of the difficulties created by the failure of the Jersey authorities to establish proper arrangements for the accountability of policing.  In addition, the Minister, in his comments, makes the false allegation that I was in some way responsible for delays in relation to interviews and the provision of statements.   He omits to mention that these delays arose entirely from his own refusal to provide for me to have the protection of fair legal representation.  The leaks from the report and the Ministers comments appear to be a premeditated and calculated attempt to destroy any prospect of a fair and independent hearing of any disciplinary allegations which may be brought against me.   They constitute a gross and premeditated abuse of Ministerial power.   In engaging with the media in this manner the Minister appears to have forfeited any right to play a further role in respect of my case.   Accordingly, after having taken appropriate advice, I have determined to act as follows:

I request an immediate and independent investigation into the conduct of the Minister for Home Affairs, Senator Ian Le Marquand in relation to his breaches of the confidentiality requirements of the Disciplinary Code, and of whatever understanding he may have entered into with the Chief Constable of Wiltshire, Mr Brian Moore, regarding the confidentiality of Mr Moore's report.   Given that the Moore report contains personal data, a criminal investigation may be appropriate.   It would be logical for an investigation to include any Civil Servants who have supported the Minister in his conduct.   I am of course willing to assist with any such investigation and to give evidence if required.   

I formally give notice that in view of his persistent breaches of both the Code and my Human Rights, I have lost confidence in the Minister for Home Affairs.  I consider that my relationship with the Minister has broken down, and that this breakdown has been deliberately engineered by the Minister, and is irrevocable.   In consequence, I invite you to consider how matters affecting me should now be progressed.      Clearly, in the circumstances it would be difficult for me to have any further dealings with the Minister, and I can imagine no circumstances in which I would agree that he should be entrusted with any information relating to me which is personal or confidential.   I leave it to you to make whatever arrangements, or indeed take whatever action you see fit, in light of this decision.

I consider that it is now beyond reasonable dispute that any possibility of a fair and unprejudiced hearing of any matters which may be alleged against me has been totally destroyed.   I understand from media reports that the Minister may also have admitted that his repeated delays in taking the matter forward have now reached a point at which a disciplinary process can no longer be completed.   This being the case I would regard it as a serious abuse of process, and oppressive behaviour, to continue with the pretext that there is some prospect of disciplinary proceedings and I therefore request that all proceedings under the disciplinary code be formally ended.

Since the publication of the article in the newspaper I have learned from a public internet site that Senator Le Marquand has stated that he hopes to publish further parts of the Moore report.   I would regard this as unacceptable.   The report in question was prepared as a “preliminary report” for the purposes of the Disciplinary Code.   It contains significant inaccuracies and makes statements which are not true.   Should any disciplinary proceedings have followed the report it was my intention to subject its contents to significant challenge, and it's author to detailed cross-examination.   I regard the threat to publish the report at this or any other time as an expression of malicious intent, and should publication occur, all of my options are reserved.   However, without prejudice to any of the above, your intention is drawn to the existence of my own report on the management of the enquiry which is set out in the form of an extensive statement, a copy of which is in the Ministers possession.   Should the Minister decide, in spite of all of the above, to proceed with further publication of the Moore report, then it would appear to be entirely reasonable that my own report be published at the same time.

Finally, please note that I have written separately to Mr Moore expressing my concerns at the leak of his report and asking that no further confidential information relating to my interests be provided to the Minister, or anyone acting on his behalf.

I look forward to an early reply.


Yours sincerely



Graham Power.


Cc Dr T Brain.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Senator ILM "An Incompetent Mavrick?'


 Former DCO Lenny Harper



Home Affairs Minister ILM
" An Incompetent Mavrick?"



Former Chief of Police Graham Power



Senator Ian Le Marquand


"An Incompetent Maverick and not in least a credible person to be believed by this Assembly or Anywhere else"


Those are the words Senator ILM used to describe DCO  Lenny Harper on March 1st 2011 in the States of Jersey


Was ILM actually talking about himself when he muttered those words? Well all the evidence is pointing to a resounding YES


Can you believe that we have had Decade upon Decade of unchecked Child Abuse in Jersey concerning all aspects of Child Care  and the man who helped smash this vale of secrecy gets called an; "An Incompetent Maverick and not in least a credible person to be believed by this Assembly or Anywhere else"



Readers,  take a moment to think about that.


Add the former Chief of Police Graham Power QPM 


Then think about the above again.

Here are some links that I believe are essential to anyone researching the Child Abuse Cover up. There are more and I would seriously recommend a look through the archive of TONY'S MUSINGS























Now, having thought about that, let me now add this. It's taken from the speech Senator ILM made on the Amendment brought by Deputy Tadier concerning the Law Office on the 1st March 2011: 



"The Deputy of St. Mary offers a statement made, apparently, by former Deputy Chief Officer, who he named in fact today as Mr. Harper, as being a reason to doubt that.  Well, in my view, the opinion of that particular gentleman is hardly a credible source of information.  This is the person who took colleagues on expensive outings to London, with expensive meals, which were totally unjustified in any way whatsoever.  This particular officer, in my view, caused enormous problems in this Island, not just in this context, but in the context of the police force generally, and he is, in my opinion, an incompetent maverick and not in the least a credible person to be believed by this Assembly or anywhere else."

Like I have said; Decade upon Decade of unchecked Child Abuse and the policeman that smashed that vail of secrecy caused "enormous problems in this Island"   


Well i'm sure he did 


The only problem he caused was to the Perverts and Child Abusers who thought they had got away with it for so many years, protected by "The Jersey Way."  Always a blind eye being turned, or, moved along so that "Out of sight out of Mind" made everyone feel better.



Lets not forget that Senator ILM backed up by his Chief Minister has found himself in some troubled waters. Lets take Wiltshire for example. Wiltshire was a Disciplinary review into Graham Powers (GP) handling of Operation Rectangle.



 Very early on in Graham Powers suspension Tim Brain who was GP's representative  wrote to Brian Moore the Chief Constable of Wiltshire and asked him what sort of enquiry he was conducting. Was it a "management review" or was it a "disciplinary enquiry?" Brian Moore consulted with ILM and said it was a disciplinary enquiry and that anything he said could be used in evidence against him. 



I have set out to challenge the Home Affairs Minister and get him to answer some of the doubts I have over his actions . The emails are reproduced below.


How come the Chief Minister and the Home Affairs Minister does not accept the findings of the;


ACPO Reports - 1 to 4


The Napier Review




And now the Home Affairs Minister unbelievably does not accept the HMIC Reports


I kid you not we are seriously into Monty Python now. What is Senator ILM going to say next??????



Again this is taken from the SOJ 1st March. Look at how the Home Affairs Minister just dismisses the HMIC & ACPO  "Not of Great Value"  "The matters of ACPO are not terribly relevant". 




The Deputy of St. Mary:
May I ask the Minister for a point of clarification on what he said?  Can he confirm that Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary is on record as praising the officer I quoted for his conduct and track record, and that the A.C.P.O. (Association of Chief Police Officers) police reports found that all our recommendations were speedily implemented and that his conduct at the inquiry was adequate, if not good?
Senator B.I. Le Marquand:
I am very pleased to be able to deal with the first point which I had meant to cover.  It is my understanding upon the basis of information provided to me that the particular report that is being referred to is not of great value because they were completed on a self-assessment basis.  That is information that I have been provided, but I do not think reports into a police force, which are on a self-assessment basis, are of very great value.  Secondly, the matters from A.C.P.O. are not really terribly relevant.  They have been well-rehearsed, particularly the conflict of interests of a particular senior officer from A.C.P.O. in relation to what he said, and also the Wiltshire Report will of course indicate areas in which advice was given but never put into the report at all because it was not well received.



You see, anything that praises the SOJP under Graham Power and Lenny Harper are just dismissed.  Yet, he basses all his assumptions on a Disciplinary Report that cost the Tax Payer a Million Quid. The Home Affairs Minister then drops all disciplinary action, trashes GP in the local media  and hasn't  allowed Graham Power any right of reply under Natural Justice. 




AND HE WANTS TO BE CHIEF MINISTER??????


This is why they are trying to produce a magic trick on Wiltshire. This is why they are trying to turn it into a report into the "Historical Child Abuse Enquiry". 



IT IS NO SUCH THING



A former Magistrate a forgotten all about Natural Justice in a very short period of time. Now, that is not some wild accusation  its just plain fact. Look how he has been trying to change what Wiltshire was really about. It was basically a prosecution case right from the start, all findings to be challenged through the proper channels but now it has become ILM's Life Raft.





Look now how Wiltshire suddenly becomes the Life Raft. 
Senator ILM 

I have one final comment, which was in relation to what my friend, the Deputy of St. John, was saying.  He is basically taking the opposite view, of saying, well I think there is something wrong here and to get it cleared up once and for all time, let us have a public inquiry to show what happened, but in fact that is exactly, in my view, what the Wiltshire Report has done.  A report produced by an independent police force which looks in great detail, and when the Deputy of St. John sees the additional detail I think it will probably satisfy him on this point.  So, for the reasons I have given, I shall be opposing this amendment to the amendment.

How has the Wiltshire Disciplinary turned into this "Let us have a public inquiry to show what happened, but in fact that is exactly, in my view, what the Wiltshire Report has done"

I have more facts that I will leave for comments; Here is the the e-mails I have been sending out. You have read some before but please read them again. Im just a member of the public looking for answers from The Politicians & Local Media. Is that really too much to ask?.



Look at what I have been asking



Look at where ILM's   "Vendetta" Started 





December 31st 2008 is when it all started, long before Wiltshire was under way.

Where has been the Positive Pro- Active work from the Home Affairs Minister that has shown respect and compassion towards the Abuse Survivors? If only he could put the same energy in that department instead of looking a complete fool in keeping that best known Lie going....

I will be looking at a letter sent from Graham Power to the  Chief Minister in my next posting where he asks for his statement to Wiltshire to be published. . The Date was 3rd of April 2010

Oh yes

This has only started

Rico Sorda

Team Voice


Saturday, 12 March, 2011 20:26

From:
"rico sorda"


To:
dsimon@jerseyeveningpost.com, editorial@jerseyeveningpost.com

Cc:
s.ferguson@gov.je, s.pitman@gov.je, "Sean Power" , mr.higgins@gov.je, t.vallois@gov.je, t.pitman@gov.je, t.lesueur1@gov.je, i.lemarquand@gov.je, A.Breckon@gov.je, "roy herissier" , "Francis" , f.cohen@gov.je, p.leclaire@gov.je, p.ozouf@gov.je, "Paul Routier"
, "ben queree" , c.egre@gov.je, "Daniel Wimberley" , "Deirdry" , g.southern@gov.je, i.gorst@gov.je, j.hilton@gov.je, j.reed@gov.je, k.vibert@gov.je, j.lesueurgallichan@gov.je, s.yates@gov.je, l.norman@gov.je, k.lewis@gov.je, j.macon@gov.je, news@channeltv.co.uk... more



Dear Editor, Journalists, Politicians and Home Affairs Minister


I refer to the headline in today's JEP (Sat 12 March 2011) on page 6 stating "Former police chief alleges personal vendetta against him". 

As you will see from the emails below, I have been trying to get an answer from the Home Affairs Minister ("ILM") with regard to an article that appeared in the JEP on 31 December 2010.  This ties in, I believe, with the so called personal vendetta of ILM against the former chief of police, Graham Power.  ILM stated in this article that "Police bullying is a thing of the past".

The allegations contained within the aforementioned article, were put to Graham Power on 31 December 2008, long before the Wiltshire disciplinary investigation was properly up and running.  Graham Power challenged ILM's allegations, to which ILM replied on 26 January 2009 that he was dropping these allegations.

I found it astonishing that these allegations, having been dropped, resurfaced on 31 December 2010.  I have asked ILM to confirm which reports formed the basis for these allegations.  He has not been forthcoming.

If the circumstance I have outlined are not a personal vendetta, then what is?!

Also, referring to today's article, I am trying to work out how the Wiltshire report went from being a disciplinary investigation into Graham Power's handling of the historic child abuse investigation (Operation Rectangle) to becoming a report into Jersey's child abuse enquiry generally.  Graham Power should have had the right of reply to the findings of the Wiltshire report during the course of a full disciplinary hearing.  The fact that ILM dropped all disciplinary proceedings is no fault of Graham Power, but has resulted in him having lost his right of reply through the proper channels.  Is this what we're calling natural justice in Jersey?  Are we all happy that ILM can keep trashing a man's career and reputation without giving him the right of redress?  I find what has been permitted to occur astonishing.

How is it that the Chief Minister and ILM do not accept the findings of the full ACPO reports and the Napier review, yet are quite happy to churn out their chosen clips of the Wiltshire report, produced solely for a disciplinary process that never materialised.  It is imperative that the local media start asking some basic questions concerning these issues and start challenging our government on behalf of the community.  This cannot be allowed to continue.  We are becoming a laughing stock.

I look forward to replies and your views on these very serious issues.

Kind Regards

Rico Sorda



Dear Home Affairs Minister

Further to my initial email of 2 January 2011 and subsequent email below, I am still researching and I continue to require a response from you.  I know in the past you have been too busy and have indicated that this is not a matter of priority for you, but seeing as you intend to declare yourself in the running for Chief Minister in the coming week, I believe it is imperative that truth, honesty and integrity comes before any formal announcement in this regard.  I have always been open in my approach and the reason for my highlighting these issues is that I believe you are trying to rewrite the history of the States of Jersey Police force under Graham Power, QPM.  This has a huge bearing on the historical child abuse investigation because myself and other researchers are now aware that if the leadership of the SOJP under Graham Power and Lenny Harper can be trashed then people will buy into the view that the flaws in their leadership of the force would inevitably mean that the historic abuse enquiry was equally flawed.

After reading her Majesty's reports into the SJOP, I believe it is imperative that you disclose the reports from which you are quoting in the JEP report dated 31 December 2010 when the allegations had already been dropped in January 2009.

It is no longer acceptable to believe that you can appear on local media channels and remain unchallenged in anything you say.  This is a shocking indictment of Jersey and its local media in 2011.  We only have to look to Egypt and the power of the internet to know that the days of State published propoganda or rubbish to the masses are coming to an end.  Any person putting themselves up for Chief Minister must possess traits such as truth honesty and inegrity.  From what I have seen so far from the Wiltshire Report and the actions that followed, I am not convinced as to your possession of these traits and consequently your ability to fulfill the role of Chief Minister effectively.  I base my conclusions on research and facts.

Kind regards

Rico Sorda

--- On Thu, 6/1/11, rico sorda  wrote:

From: rico sorda
Subject: Re: The JEP/ most urgent
To: i.lemarquand@gov.je
Date: Thursday, 6 January, 2011, 19:54

Hi Senator

As I await your reply on the issues I have raised below concerning 'Bullying' and the SOJP I have become even more concerned.

 The reasons for my concerns are quite simple. During my research on the issue of Bullying and the SOJP I decided to contact the former Chief of Police Graham Power QPM . I put the allegations contained in the Diane Simon article to him, what came back not only left me shocked and saddened, it has raised more questions than there are answers.

A little look at what has gone on

In July 2010 you stated in the States Chamber

Senator Le Marquand (Minister for Home Affairs) 

I am not withdrawing the remarks they are absolutely true and I have had to wait a very long time to say it and I will demonstrate that that is absolutely true next week from the reports which I have. I am well aware of the discipline matters, I am able to inform members if they are interested that I have today abandoned the discipline proceedings against the Chief Officer of Police upon the basis that it is impossible to finish them in the time – solely on that basis – there are ample grounds for disciplinary proceedings as will become apparent shortly [Interruption] I am not giving way, but maybe those members who have chosen to nail their colours so firmly to the power mast - without actually checking with me as to what the real facts have been - may have to eat humble pie.


Now, the reason for posting the above is that we all know about the Wiltshire Fiasco. All disciplinary proceedings dropped, yet Graham Power is hung out to dry with the full backing of the Jersey Media,  no chance of challenging the charges,  no recourse. In my opinion an unforgivable act. 

Senator, little did I know that history was about to repeat itself. Now before I go public with this, I would like your thoughts on the actions you have taken concerning the Bullying in the SOJP

On the 29th of December Interview, you stated: ‘I noticed a culture of bullying in certain areas and a culture of arrogance,’ said Senator Le Marquand. ‘The message coming from senior management tended to be “We are the expert professionals and we know better than you”, and that attitude was being passed down the force.’ 

Now, through my research, I have found out that you raised these issues with Graham Power on the 31st December 2008.

These allegations were challenged by Graham Power. 

On the 26th January 2009 you informed Mr Power that you were dropping these further allegations

Senator, how is it that this has resurfaced again in December 2010? You dropped it back in 2008/9

Why is Graham Power getting treated in this way? How do I go about explaining your actions to my readers? You really need to explain your actions here Senator.

I reproduce the correspondence, so there can be no confusion.

Yours sincerely 

Rico Sorda




Graham Power
QPM MA (Oxon)                         
  
28th January 2009.
The Minister for Home Affairs,
11 Royal Square,
St Helier.

Dear

DISCIPLINARY CODE IN RELATION TO THE CHIEF OFFICER OF POLICE.

     Thank you for your letter dated 26th January 2009 under the above heading which makes reference to your correspondence dated 31st December 2008 in which you gave notice of a possible  further investigation relating to an alleged “culture of bullying.”
     I am grateful for your notification that you have decided to take this possible additional matter no further and take this as confirmation that all matters contained in the earlier correspondence in so far as they relate to any allegations concerning any conduct on my part are thereby withdrawn.
     Thank you for keeping me informed on this issue.


Yours sincerely


Graham Power.




From: rico sorda
To: i.lemarquand@gov.je
Sent: Sun, 2 January, 2011 17:55:37
Subject: The JEP

Hi Senator 

As you are well aware. I have been researching and investigating the historic child abuse investigation for many months now.  Along with the many matters for concern I have uncovered, not least the Chief Minister, Terry Le Sueur, openly misleading the House with regard to the dropping of Part D of the Napier terms of reference, I have found your role and your judgement so very hard to work out.

I have tried and failed to gain a reasonable understanding of your actions concerning the Wiltshire Report.  If I am not mistaken, the Wiltshire Report was part of a disciplinary process of the former Chief of Police, Graham Power QPM.  I still find it absolutely staggering that a former magistrate, who is meant to know, practice and abide by the law and above all should demonstrate absolute neutrality and fairness, dropped all disciplinary charges against Graham Power and on the same day made a statement to the House without having informed Mr Power of the action taken.  You then proceeded to hold a kangaroo court with the full weight of the local media in hanging Graham Power out to dry with no right of redress through the proper channels.  I have spoken to many people regarding your actions concerning Mr Power's suspension and the reason for doing this, Senator Le Marquand, is to establish your role in the history of the matter and the reasoning behind your more recent actions.

Below I reproduce an article that appeared in the Jersey Evening Post on bullying in the States of Jersey Police.



By Diane Simon


Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand
SIGNIFICANT progress has been made during the past two years in changing the culture of bullying and arrogance which affected the States police, says Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand.
And the positive changes have come under the leadership of former acting police chief David Warcup and his deputy, Barry Taylor, said the Senator.
Commenting at the end of the historical child abuse inquiry, Senator Le Marquand said that there had been cultural issues in the force which were exacerbated under the leadership of police chief Graham Power and his deputy, Lenny Harper.
‘I noticed a culture of bullying in certain areas and a culture of arrogance,’ said Senator Le Marquand. ‘The message coming from senior management tended to be “We are the expert professionals and we know better than you”, and that attitude was being passed down the force.’
Having read the HMIC reports during Graham Power and Lenny Harper's terms in office, I can see nothing but praise for the way in which they turned the Police force around.  As you are aware, there was a HMIC report released in 2001/2 which was very critical on the running of the States of Jersey Police force.
Could you please send me the link to the report upon which the statements made in the above article are based.  The reason I say this is that I will be astonished and shocked if the Home Affairs Minister was in fact just expressing an opinion based on his own interpersonal relations with the individuals concerned.
I very much look forward to receiving your reply as I believe this is a very important issue.
Yours sincerely
Rico Sorda


--- On Fri, 4/3/11, rico sorda wrote:

From: rico sorda
Subject: Fw: Could you explain please
To: dsimon@jerseyeveningpost.com
Cc: "ben queree"
Date: Friday, 4 March, 2011, 11:20

Dear Mrs Simon

I forgot to copy you into the email I have sent your editor. Now that the COI has been accepted the time has now come to turn our attention towards the JEP, the reporting of the Child Abuse Scandal and the editorials. Can you shed any light on last nights editorial? Can you point me in the right direction of the  Reports or Documents that would remove the "Scales" from my readers eyes.

Kind Regards

Rico Sorda


--- On Thu, 3/3/11, rico sorda wrote:

From: rico sorda
Subject: Could you explain please
To: editorial@jerseyeveningpost.com
Date: Thursday, 3 March, 2011, 17:20

Dear Editor

As you may be aware I have been Investigating the Historical Abuse Investigation for many years. I run a Blog Site that can be found here http://ricosorda.blogspot.com/. I have been shocked by the editorial comments in the JEP these past 3 years concerning the Historic Child Abuse Investigation. They have always been very Negative towards the Investigation and very hurtful to some Abuse Survivors. 

Now, i'm willing to inform my readers of any reports or documents that can point me in the direction of your quote below.

Could you please inform me how you have reached the opinion that the police investigation was botched. Im fully prepared to remove the scales from my readers eyes with the Reports and Documentation that you have used to reach your conclusions.

The only Report I know off is the 80% Redacted "Wiltshire Disciplinary Review" into the Former Chief of Police Graham Powers handling of Operation Rectangle. This was dropped by the Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand, used as a prosecution case with the full backing of the local media and gave Graham Power no proper chance of defending himself through the proper channels. 

So, regarding your editorials over these past 3 years can you please remove the "Scales from my readers eyes"

Kind Regards

Rico Sorda

"Fourthly, there are still those who deny that the police inquiry was botched. Full examination of the facts ought to lead to the scales finally dropping from their eyes."