Malfeasance (Misconduct) in Public Office.
A person who;
1. Whilst carrying out their duties as a public officer
a. acts in an improper manner, or
b. neglects to perform their duty
3. to such an extent as to amount to an abuse of public trust
4. without reasonable excuse or justification
Just to give you an idea of how serious this criminal offence is regarded, Malfeasance or ‘misconduct’ in a Public Office carries a maximum sentence of Life Imprisonment!!!!
What new information and evidence did West Mercia Police hold to warrant investigating this serious allegation?
On 19th September 2017, DS Husbands, (PSD), sent me the following…
My sergeant also sent me an email….
And I replied….
And on 20th September Jane sent this to DS Nicholas Husbands, (PSD)..
And the response from DS Husbands!!
That may be the case as it was a criminal investigation…..but PSD and in particular, Nicholas Husbands WOULD have been consulted prior to the warrant being obtained. PSD would have almost certainly had to give a green light to the warrant for disclosure purposes in the application.
I attended Kidderminster Police Station. I had spoken to Fed Rep 1 who had the honesty to tell me that he thought he was now ‘out of his depth’ and would have to pass it on to someone with more experience. I was therefore not represented by anyone from the Federation but they had arranged for a solicitor to attend to represent me.
Prior to being interviewed I met DS Nicholas Husbands for the first time. He served me with the following papers for Gross Misconduct!!
If this Gross Misconduct was found against me I would also, of course, definitely lose my job.
But hang on a minute. Hadn’t I already been interviewed, on 5th December 2016, about passing on information to key witnesses, (the Hunt Masters)? And hadn’t I already been interviewed about suspected ‘friendships’ and relationships with the witness group? (Paul Hale- Hunt Master and ‘Andy’ – from the HIT)? And hadn’t I already put all of the answers to these questions in a written statement for court on the same day?
It must have been something else they were going to question me about! I was confused.
Before going into interview the solicitor and I were given written disclosure, a notice around what I was going to be questioned about!!,
And so I went into the interview room. I was interviewed by Detective Inspector Justin TAYLOR and Detective Sergeant Craig Tennant. The interview was recorded and I was cautioned, a caution that I had spoken to others, so many hundreds of times. I couldn’t believe that I was the one now being told those words……and I was the one being criminally interviewed!!
Even though I knew I had done nothing wrong, it still made me feel sick to the pit of my stomach.
But, what we’re they going to ask me about? What new ‘evidence’ or ‘information’ did they have?
Well…..you guessed it, I was asked more or less exactly the same questions as I was asked by DI Martin Taylor on 5th December, 10 months earlier!
And what further evidence or information did they have? Absolutely none.
So they had obtained a warrant and interviewed me, based on information the police had been given 12 months earlier…….and after I had already been interviewed about it!
You’ll remember Code B of Pace that I referred to……………….. 3 Search warrants and production orders. (a) Before making an application. 3.1 When information appears to justify an application, the officer must take reasonable steps to check the information is accurate, recent and not provided maliciously or irresponsibly. An application may not be made on the basis of information from an anonymous source if corroboration has not been sought.
Accurate – hardly. Recent. – I have NEVER know a warrant to be obtained on information that was 12 months old. 12 months is NOT recent. And ‘not provided maliciously or irresponsibly’. What did CI Jones say? ‘Clearly, there is no evidence at all in terms of you having an affair with anybody, and I’d just like to stand here and say that’ and ‘The information that was forthcoming came from a police officer that had heard a community rumour basically”, and ‘I can only speculate as to why such a rumour would be started in the first place but clearly one credible reason would be for an assertion to be raised as to the credibility and impartiality of the investigation/ investigators to the potential benefit of those under investigation’. What did the local PS say who investigated our harrassment? ‘Having spoken to a number of people it was clear that the rumour had been well circulated within the local community but what was also clear was that there was no evidence of any kind to support it’. What did Superintendent Purcell write, ‘That there was no evidence that you had done anything inappropriate during that investigation and there was no evidence of improper relationships with anyone’.
How did DI Justin TAYLOR get a warrant knowing the above? Of course, he would have documented all of the above in the disclosure section of the warrant application form…….wouldn’t he?
You really couldn’t make this up. If this was a fictional story, most police officers wouldn’t give it any credibility and would say, ‘that would never happen in real life’.
I answered all of the questions they asked of me, as I done previously.
And just when I thought I couldn’t get any more disillusioned and despondent, the CID officers told me that at the same time the warrants were being served on our house, they also served a simultaneous warrant on the home address of ‘Andy’ from the Hunt Investigation Team! (The victim in the case).
Yes, just when you thought they couldn’t stoop any lower, a warrant was served on the address of a victim of crime, a victim who had previously had NO faith in the police or Judicial system, a victim to whom I had promised that a fair, transparent and impartial investigation would take place, a victim who had, against her better judgement, placed her trust in our organisation, a victim who we could have made a real difference to.