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November 2nd, 2011

Who is faster, the IPCC or a snail?

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

On the 3rd March this year, the BBC posted a news story about the IPCC investigating officers from Merseyside Police after a 15-year-old crashed a motorbike and seriously injured himself whilst riding a motorbike without a helmet.

The matter was referred to the IPCC because the boy had been seen by a police patrol shortly before he crashed – whenever there is a road traffic accident and there is any hint that a police vehicle was involved, directly or indirectly, it becomes known as a POLAC or Police -Accident and is subject to strict policies and procedures, especially where someone is hurt or killed.

An IPCC spokeswoman said at the time:√ā¬†“Clearly this has been a very difficult time for this boy’s family and I hope he makes a quick and full recovery.

One of the first things that needs to be established by our investigators is whether the police vehicle had engaged in a pursuit of the motorcycle or not. At this stage that remains unclear.√ā¬†Our investigation will establish whether the officers have complied with force policies and procedures.” Strange that there was concern shown for the teenager but no comment on the lawlessness which lead to his own downfall.

As usual, the officers’ bosses declined to provide any form of public support to their officers by hiding behind the old ‘inappropriate√ā¬†to comment’ shield.

Today, the BBC publish the result of the IPCC investigation, a mere 7 months after the incident. The IPCC took this long to come to the conclusion that the officers had not done anything wrong, they were not pursuing the motorcyclist and reached a top speed of 34mph during the incident. Presumably, the conclusion drawn would be that if the officers had pursued the idiot and tried to arrest a potential criminal and danger to the public, they would have been in trouble.

How can it possibly take 7 months to investigate a simple road traffic accident? Murder files are completed in less time. How much longer do we have to put up with a system which allows police officers, who have done no wrong, live under the sword of an IPCC investigation? Other countries seem to be able to conduct their enquiries in a timely manner, often within days.

Speaking to witnesses and obtaining evidence is not rocket science.