Op Motala comment

Thursday, 09 November, 2023

The Chief Police Officer’s Staff Association (CPOSA) has today (9 November 2023)responded to the release of the IOPC’s summary report on Op Motala. The document summarises the IOPC’s investigation into an allegation that the Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) sought to manipulate a Chief Constable’s selection process in September 2020. 

John Robins QPM DL, national Chair of CPOSA, said:  “Candidates for Chief Constable posts rightly expect a rigorous application, shortlisting, and selection process. These are roles which carry a significant weight of responsibility and public accountability. However, candidates should also expect the selection processes to be fair, transparent and to follow the existing guidance set out by the College of Policing. 

“What is reported to have occurred in this independent IOPC investigation report clearly undermines these principles of fairness and transparency. 

“I am sure the overwhelming majority of responsible Police and Crime Commissioners up and down the country will read this report in full and double-check that their own approach to selection follows the guidance issued by the College of Policing. 

“We would also encourage the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners to review again their approach to having a formal Code of Ethical Behaviour for PCCs, just like we have in policing. 

“We thank the candidates who raised their concerns with us.  We also thank all of the independent panel members for their integrity and tenacity in trying to ensure a fair and transparent process.” 

Retired Chief Police Officer Jason Harwin, one of the candidates interviewed for the role of Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police, said: “This investigation has shown the Police and Crime Commissioner has failed to comply with agreed process and has ignored the advice and guidance of senior independent panel members and advisors. Furthermore, it suggests an attempt to silence those individuals who rightly and professionally challenged his actions. “Integrity in policing is essential. How can the public of Lincolnshire have confidence in the integrity of their Police and Crime Commissioner based on these findings.”


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