RICO SORDA INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST
FORMER ACTING CHIEF OFFICER DAVID WARCUP
OPERATION END GAME -18
An extraordinary letter from Acting Chief Officer David Warcup to Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand on the 10th July 2009 and I quote;
"On Thursday 22 January 2009 an audio tape was found in an envelope in the Chief Officer's safe at Police Headquarters. When examined it was found that the tape contained recordings of telephone conversations with a number of individuals including the Chief Officer, Mr Power. I have enclosed the full transcript of these recordings for your information and consideration and you will note that they relate to conversations which took place with members of the media,representatives of partner agencies, and a States member, Senator Stuart Syvret."
The letter is reproduced below in the timeline
During the previous postings I have shown you through the timeline how this so called 'OPERATION BLAST' came to be. I have shown how the Acting Chief of Police David Warcup along with the Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand used this filing system as another excuse to keep Graham Power from returning to work.
They had tried allegations of bullying at the States of Jersey Police
They had tried breaking into Graham Powers secure safe
They had tried the raid on the Senator Stuart Syvret
Having came up with nothing they then settled on a fling operation held in Special Branch that contained sensitive information.
Former Chief of Police Graham Power didn't know that the Home Affairs Minister was going to make it public on the 16th June 20009. Mr Power had tried to explain to the Minister exactly what the filing system was about - It should come as no surprise to anyone that this fell on death ears.
Graham Power was concerned that by announcing it in the States on the 16th June 2009 that the Home Affairs Minister had breached the Disciplinary Code of Conduct for the Chief Officer not once but three times. I reproduce the letter of complaint Graham Power sent to PPC and then Chief Minister Terry Le suer.
What i'm showing you is how this complete 'Operation Blast' farce got to where it did.
I could put a lot more into this posting but I just want you to read the evidence and come to your own conclusions.
Right the Timeline;
June 24th 2009 - Graham Power writes to the Chief Minister Terry Le Suer and registers a formal complaint against Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand relating to the Ministers Statement to the States on the 16th June 2009. The Minister having made a public statement without first meeting with Mr Power and hence going against the disciplinary code.
QPM MA (Oxon)
The Chief Minister,
The Council of Ministers,
Cyril Le Marquand House,
Dear Chief Minister,
FORMAL COMPLAINT REGARDING THE CONDUCT OF THE MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS.
I wish to register three complaints regarding the conduct of the Minister for Home Affairs in respect of matters in which I have a direct interest. You may be aware that these complaints were made initially to the Privileges and Procedures Committee on 18th June 2009 and copied to the Minister. The Chairman of that Committee has since written and advised me that I should re-direct my complaints to the Council of Ministers. The contents of this letter and attachments are effectively identical to that forwarded to the Committee with the exception of some minor changes made in consequence of the Chairman’s advice, and other information received since the first letter was written. The details of my complaints are as follows:
I am the Chief Officer of the States of Jersey Police. I am suspended from duty in respect of unrelated issues. It is my position that my suspension is unlawful and has been improperly applied.
On 13th June 2009 I received from the Minister a letter addressed to me, and an attachment which was a copy of a letter to the Chief Executive. The letter to the Chief Executive made reference to an alleged operation said to be known as “Operation Blast.” The letter to the Chief Executive also made reference to the Disciplinary Code for the Chief Officer of Police and in it the Minister stated that he was initiating the procedure under paragraph 2.1.1. of the code and suggested further steps to determine whether an investigation should be commenced under paragraph 2.1.2. of the same code. Neither the covering letter, nor the letter to the Chief Executive gave notice that any public announcement would be made.
I replied in a letter which was hand-delivered to the Ministers office on 14th June 2009. In my letter I stated my belief that nothing improper had occurred and notified my intention to provide “a full and accurate account in relation to these issues.” I said that this would be provided “soon.” I immediately set about the task of preparing a report relating to the Ministers concerns. The completed report contains approximately 4,000 words.
On Tuesday 16th June 2009 I chanced to listen to a radio broadcast of a States sitting. In that sitting the Minister made a statement. The statement was made in public in the presence of the media. I have since obtained a copy of the statement. The statement gives alleged details of “Operation Blast.” The Minister subsequently answered questions from members. It is my recollection that he made reference to the “Chief Officer of Police” in the context of “Blast.” The statement refers to “possible disciplinary issues which may arise from this discovery.” It is understood that members were not told that any disciplinary process under the code had already been commenced.
My report to the Minister addressing the allegations set out in his correspondence was hand-delivered to his office a few hours after he had completed his statement in the States.
- Paragraph 1.2 of the Disciplinary Code for the Chief Officer of Police states “All parties involved in the operation of this code will observe confidentiality while proceedings are being progressed.” I wish to formally complain that the Minister is in deliberate and material breach of his obligations under the Disciplinary Code for the Chief Officer of Police.
- The Code of Conduct for Ministers paragraph 3(ii) states “It is of paramount importance that Ministers give accurate and truthful information to the States.” In failing to inform the States that a disciplinary process had already been initiated he failed to discourage members from making public and prejudicial statements regarding the Ministers allegations and my alleged role. Given that, under Article 9(2) of the 1974 Police Law it is the States as a whole who are my ultimate disciplinary authority, the Ministers actions have denied me the reasonable prospect of a fair hearing under the 1974 law and in addition are a breach of my rights under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights. I wish to formally complain of the conduct of the Minister in this matter.
- The Code of Conduct for Ministers, paragraph 8A is headed “public comments etc. Regarding a States employee or officer.” It then advises members on how they should approach a disciplinary concern “rather than raising the matter in public.” I wish to formally complain that the Minister has breached this section of the Code.
In order to facilitate the consideration of the matter by the Committee I attach the following relevant documents.
- Copy of correspondence from the Minister to the complainant dated 11th June 2009 and received on 13th June 2009.
- Copy of an initial response delivered on 14th June 2009.
- Copy of the Disciplinary Code for the Chief Officer of Police.
- Copy of the Ministers Statement made on 16th June 2009.
- Copy of Article 9 of the 1974 Police Law.
- Copy of the Complainants full response to the Ministers concerns delivered on 16th June 2009.
- Letter from the Chairman of the Privileges and Procedures Committee dated 23rd June 2009.
In the interest of transparency I have copied this further letter to the Minister.
I look forward to hearing from you in due course.
Cc. Minister for Home Affairs.
Graham Power sets it out in a straight forward way. As far as I know, and I will check this out, Graham Power never received a reply to this letter of complaint from the Chief Minister. As you can see they were already on their path. Graham Power can't, at any cost, be allowed to return to work. The reason I say this is the next part of the timeline.
Before I reproduce the letter of David Warcup I can't get it across enough just how far gone the actions of David Warcup are. This is the Acting Chief of Police, who has had and continues to have a complete and active role in the suspension of his boss, the then Chief of Police Graham Power. Remember the original suspension of the 12th November 2008 it was Dave Warcups letter of the 10th November that set that in motion. Remember when outside Media Consultant Matt Tapp was sent on his way by Graham Power and 5 minutes later found himself in the office of then Chief Executive Bill Ogley - it was David Warcup that set that in motion.
The actions and the whole handling of the Jersey Child Abuse Investigation under David Warcup and Mick Gradwell is now seriously called into question - there can't be any question about this now. Remember Gradwell leaking to Daily Mail journalist David Rose and the whole investigation by the Home Affairs Scrutiny Sub Panel into the BDO Review.
In David Warcups June 2nd 2009 letter David Warcup writes;
"I write with reference to my previous discussion with the Solicitor General concerning matters which have been brought to my attention which may be relevant to the enquiry currently being conducted by Wiltshire Police into Mr Power,Chief Officer, States of Jersey Police."
David Warcup is hinting at another Wiltshire Investigation
July 10th 2009 - David Warcup again writes to Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand. He now supplies the Home Affairs Minister with a full transcript of the audio recording that was left in Graham Powers secure cabinet for the Home Affairs Ministers information and consideration. He again mentions to the Minister that this might be considered if he decides to widen the TOR's of the Wiltshire Investigation. The Home Affairs Minister is now in possession of audio recordings that were kept in a secure location by the former Chief of Police Graham Power.
Senator I. Le Marquand,
Minister for Home Affairs,
11, Royal Square,
10 July 2009
RE; Operation Blast
I write further to my letter dated 2 June 2009 Operation Blast.
As you are aware a further matter had previously come to my attention which I believe you may need to formally consider should you determine that you intend to extend the Terms of Reference of the enquiry being conducted by Wiltshire Police, in respect of the Chief Officer Graham Power.
On Thursday 22 January 2009 an audio tape was found in an envelope in the Chief Officer's safe at Police Headquarters. When examined it was found that the tape contained recordings of telephone conversations with a number of individuals including the Chief Officer, Mr Power. I have enclosed the full transcript of these recordings for your information and consideration and you will note that they relate to conversations which took place with members of the media,representatives of partner agencies, and a States member, Senator Stuart Syvret.
The Wiltshire Police Team have previously been advised of the existence of the tape.
I therefore submit this matter for your consideration as to whether you wish to refer this matter to Chief Constable of Wiltshire, Mr Brian Moore, for his attention.
Acting Chief Officer
Now, it is for better minds to explain the actions of David Warcup. Im sure the former Senator Stuart Syvret will be alarmed to learn that his private conversation with Graham Power had been seized from the safe transcribed and then handed to the Home Affairs Minister. Is this proper? Is this a Data Protection issue?
Look again how David Warcup mentions the issue of Wiltshire
"As you are aware a further matter had previously come to my attention which I believe you may need to formally consider should you determine that you intend to extend the Terms of Reference of the enquiry being conducted by Wiltshire Police, in respect of the Chief Officer Graham Power."
"The Wiltshire Police Team have previously been advised of the existence of the tape."
Well, we know that because a member of the Wiltshire Team was present when they broke into Graham Powers safe. Graham Power wasn't allowed an independent witness.
Im bringing you the shocking corrupt actions of our Government
Coming soon I will be showing what happened when the Jersey Law Office got fully involved.
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