Thursday, 14 February 2013

Curtis Warren....The fall-out continues.

In continuance of our Curtis Warren car bugging saga we offer our readers another exclusive. Another exclusive trusted to Bloggers as Jersey's Mainstream media's credibility and trustworthiness  continues to plummet.

Below is a redacted letter, sent by a serving Police Officer, to an island politician that tells us not everything is rosy down at Police HQ.

It raises further questions concerning the conduct, honesty and ethics of those at the top of the Police Force and Law Officers Department. The letter suggests not all are happy with the leadership of Chief Officer Mike Bowron, Deputy Chief Officer Barry Taylor and Home Affairs Minister Senator Ian Le Marquand.

We are unable to substantiate ALL the claims in this letter but have been able to substantiate enough for it to be considered authentic. Readers are encouraged to draw their own conclusions as to its authenticity.

"Re: Curtis Warren Enquiry

I am writing to ask if you can please ask some questions in the States, as I feel there still needs to be some 'answers' and that the Attorney General, The Home Affairs Minister, Chief Officer Bowron and Deputy Chief Officer Taylor have to-date not been truthful.

Firstly in the Secret Disciplinary Hearing, Deputy Chief Officer was asked 'Who is the complainant in this matter" DCO Barry Taylor didn't even think about the answer, he replied The Attorney General'. The Home Affairs Minister claimed on the 29th January 2013 that Deputy Chief Taylor was confused with the question.

Paragraph redacted

The Home Affairs Minister claimed in the States that he has a 'Duty of Care' towards Police Officers. Why then has he not responded to a letter written to him by one of the Officers who has had his pay reduced due to illness as a result of the Disciplinary?

During the Disciplinary Hearing Chief Officer Bowron's lawyer Adv. (name redacted) lied in a deliberate attempt to tarnish the Officer's characters !!!! Adv. (name redacted) must have been instructed to do this - it is not usual for a Lawyer to act in this unprofessional manner!

What Duty of Care from Chief Officer Bowron, Deputy Chief Taylor and The Home Affairs Minister has been shown to the three Police Officers and their families?

Nothing had changed from the Curtis Warren investigation, arrest and conviction so why did Chief Officer Bowron commence an internal investigation? (redaction)  
 
Attorney General advised the Police Officers that they could not attend the Privy Council Hearing. They actually had flights booked and had to cancel them. One of the Officer's has this week written to the Attorney General to remind him of this fact - Why could the Attorney General not remember this?

It also appears that Chief Officer Bowron and Deputy Chief Officer Taylor have been breaking all the rules. For example one Officer (name redacted) was 'dismissed' by Deputy Chief Officer Taylor for taking time off for sickness and was hospitalized. He appealed, and Chief Officer Bowron said Deputy Chief Officer Taylor's decision stands. This is in breach of the Police Force Jersey Law. He has been unable to appeal to the Home Affairs Minister as he states he must liaise with the Chief Officer, the Chief Officers advises him to liaise with the Home Affairs Minister ! 

Paragraph redacted.

Chief Officer Bowron has had the crime figures manipulated to make himself look good, I understand that (name redacted) could not work with him so has moved to (another States Department).

Finally, Chief Officer Bowron and Deputy Chief Officer Taylor are the worst, most spiteful bullies the States of Jersey Police has ever seen, and both should now do the decent thing and RESIGN.

I am not able to give you my name, as I do not want to be bullied and picked on like the Warren Officers, it's not a good place to work just now.

Can you please bring a VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE to the States against The Home Affairs Minister."(END)




27 comments:

  1. Action muse now be taken. These are the same people trying to rush through the new police station. It all stinks.Where is the leadership? Senator Le Marquand must go.

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  2. I can't believe what i'm reading here. Thank you vfc for publishing this IMPORTANT letter. It shows that all is not right down at the States of Jersey Police. Some very important quetsions must now be put of Sen,Ilm. This just adds to the whole warren situation.

    What is happening on this beautiful Island.......

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  3. Nothing had changed from the Curtis Warren investigation, arrest and conviction so why did Chief Officer Bowron commence an internal investigation? (redaction) [Image] Attorney General advised the Police Officers that they could not attend the Privy Council Hearing. They actually had flights booked and had to cancel them. One of the Officer's has this week written to the Attorney General to remind him of this fact - Why could the Attorney General not remember this?

    Is this for real.. The AG did'nt mention this in the States as far as I can remember. I would also like to thank VFC for bringing us this further information. When will it all stop.They are not fit to serve the people of Jersey.

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  4. one Officer was 'dismissed' by Deputy Chief Officer Taylor for taking time off for sickness and was hospitalized.

    You might want to take a look at this, and follow the link to the FT article (registration required: but the most basic level of access is free).

    One the one hand, as one commenter says, UK H&S law says this is flat-out illegal, and common consent says it's entirely immoral.

    On the other, it appears that employers feel free to try it on...

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  5. Hmmmm - no small wonder Bowron was 'the chosen one'.

    He fits in perfectly with Le Marquand and The Jersey Way.

    What a disgrace - they should all resign.

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  6. Check Bowron,s qualifications

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  7. This is why I come to the blogs for the real news.

    DAVID Cameron might have urged people to hug a hoodie, but the States police have other ideas.

    They today called on Islanders to celebrate Valentine’s Day by showing officers a little love. In a light-hearted tweet, the force’s press office said: ‘Happy Valentine’s Day! Let’s share some love today – so if you see a police officer say hello, give them a smile, maybe even give them a hug!’

    And if you are wondering where to find a bobbie who deserves a little love, police chief Mike Bowron spends his lunch hour out and about walking around the town centre.

    Why not take a picture as well and e-mail it to pictures@jerseyeveningpost.com

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  8. "I am writing to ask if you can please ask some questions in the States, as I feel there still needs to be some 'answers' and that the Attorney General, The Home Affairs Minister, Chief Officer Bowron and Deputy Chief Officer Taylor have to-date not been truthful."

    If this is true I can only hope that some questions will be asked of the Minister next tuesday. VFC, do you know if any have been lodged?

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  9. Let's hope there are questions lodged, the order paper for next States sitting should be online tonight.

    There will be no credible answers given, as we all know, which is all the more reason why things should be, and are ,being taken off island.

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  10. Just when I thought it could not get any worse and then it does.

    What a corrupt way to go about public business!!

    Its about time the island ensured it appointed AG's who have a reasonably good memory, although if I remember correctly a previous AG could remember a discussion he had with Warcup verbatim, but on another occasion around the same time he could not remember giving advice re an 'interim Met report' and could not be sure if he had seen one or not! Personally, I think most people would be more likely to definitely remember seeing such a 'blockbuster' report than to remember a discussion verbatim.

    Perhaps future AG's should be required to take a memory test.

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  11. It stands to reason that Bowron did his homework before taking this, As Easy As You Can Make It, Jersey Police Chief job.

    He obviously looked into Warcup, Gradwell, Power, and Harper....

    And decided without doubt that The Fluffy white helmet way, was the way he planned to go!?

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  12. This has got to stop. Someone has got to say enough is enough. The madness must stop now.

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  13. He (Bowron) did have history before he came here.

    Google him!

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  14. Believe me - it's far, far madder than is even apparent yet.

    As plainly corporately insane as Jersey's polity has become under the toxic, deranged folly of the Bailhache Brothers - there are still things not yet in the public domain that are just barking mad.

    In some ways, the most fascinating aspect of the whole catastrophic train-wreck, is just how wholly divorced from reality - from any concept of democracy, proper rule of law, and of accountability - has been the behaviour of the Bailhache Brothers.

    When the dust settles from all this - and the inevitable consequences are playing out - a significant number of people are going to wake-up, as though from being drugged, and ruefully ask themselves "what the hell was I thinking - to have ever hitched my wagon to such an obvious pair of fruit-loops?"

    Stuart

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  15. 4. Deputy M.R. Higgins of St. Helier will ask the following question of H.M. Attorney General –

    “Further to the unauthorised publication of the Disciplinary Tribunal’s Judgment into the conduct of the 3 Jersey police officers involved in the Curtis Warren investigation, will the Attorney General comment on the allegations made in the judgement that the lack of complete co-operation by the Jersey Authorities not only compromised the Hampshire Police enquiry but also limited the full facts available to the Presiding Officer making a decision?”

    7. Deputy S. Pitman of St. Helier will ask the following question of the Minister for Home Affairs –

    “Would the Minister inform members whether Senior Police Officers failed to co-operate with a disciplinary investigation relating to the Curtis Warren case which they themselves had initiated and, if so, what action, if any, will he be taking?”

    8. Deputy M. Tadier of St. Brelade will ask the following question of the Minister for Home Affairs –

    “Following the unauthorized publication of the disciplinary tribunal’s judgement relating to the 3police officers involved in the Curtis Warren case, has the Minister acted upon the recommendation made at the tribunal that all 3 officers be formally commended for their hard work and professionalism and, if not, will he do so and, if so, will the commendation be extended to other officers involved in the case?”

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

    “Further to the unauthorised publication of the judgement relating to 3 police officers involved in the Curtis Warren case, has the Minister asked for a criminal investigation to be undertaken into the issue raised in paragraph 29, namely the authenticity and accuracy of unsigned statements, a matter that was called into question by a witness?”

    16. Deputy M.R. Higgins of St. Helier will ask the following question of the Minister for Home Affairs –

    “Further to the unauthorised publication of the Disciplinary Tribunal’s Judgment into the conduct of 3 police officers involved in the Curtis Warren investigation, does the Minister stand by his written answer of 29th January 2013 that “The public can be fully confident that the issues were properly investigated by an outside Police Force” when the Tribunal’s judgment states that the lack of co-operation “can only have compromised the Hampshire enquiry?

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  17. Tuesday's States sitting will be interesting. Lots of important questions lined up.

    Gorst, Le Marquand, the AG and the Real Chief Minister must be putting their hands over their ears and saying "make it stop, can't we just do consensus politics?"

    No. You might get consensus politics when the lies and cover ups stop. The questions are never going to stop until that happens. Prepare yourselves for a tsunami of questions until you start telling the truth. It is the only way out.

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  18. Hi VFC.

    Looks like I'm going to be busy on Tuesday, how bad can this get. Another, yes Another mess over here & our media wont touch it.

    Doesn't this just show how important Blogs are, if it wasn't for your hard work in proving that you are Trusted to but this stuff out in the open unlike the BBC & Channel, Now important people that are in the Know Trust You, not the likes of the BBC or Channel.

    God wouldn't you just love to be a fly on the wall, they must be wondering what on earth is going to come out next. Who can they Trust to keep all of this under the carpet now? Its getting worse for them But easier for You!

    Not going to say Keep it up because I know you will & you will not stop until your work is done.

    To think you are defending a copper who you were attacking not so long ago says everything about the person you are & the good intentions that you have for the reason you started this blog.

    The BBC are in the gutter & I personly can't see any way out for them. Can't make myself listen to the dribble.

    Speak soon.

    TJW.

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  19. Le marquand if he attends the sitting, will probaly say that as the publication of the report was unauthorised he will not comment on it.

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  20. It did occur to me that someone at the States greffe or the Bailiff's chambers had gone bananas with use of the word "unauthorised" in many of next week's questions, which might provide an excuse not to answer.

    It would be interesting if the states members who are asking the questions could confirm that they were forced to use the word "unauthorised" or not. If they were, please could they make that clear on the record on Tuesday?

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  21. VFC.

    Changing the subject a bit.

    Now that Gwyn Garfield Bennet has left BBC Jersey and would probably now like to promote her book on Child Abuse, do you think its worth contacting her for an interview?

    After all neither you or her have nothing to loose

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  22. Voice, you need to get your video camera down to the picket line (!) outside the studios of BBC Jersey today, quickly!

    BBC Jersey staff strike - BBC Jersey standing up for journalism

    Look at those banners. "BBC Jersey - standing up for journalism". Muwahahahahaha!!!!

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  23. "Standing up for journalism." You really couldn't make this stuff up!

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  24. The Guernsey Press are more open than the JEP , came across this little nugget.

    http://www.thisisguernsey.com/news/2013/02/19/weak-leadership-is-to-blame-for-states-failure/#comment-239309

    Wonder what Guernsey politicians think of our snails pace Ministers.

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