The Mayor of London has ruled that Cressida Dick should not be officially investigated over an official finding that she obstructed police corruption investigation .
In June, Dick, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, was heavily criticized by the government-appointed panel investigating the 1987 murder of detective Daniel Morgan private whose killers have been protected by police corruption .
The panel made a series of explosive conclusions, including that the Met was institutionally corrupt.
For the last four months on London Mayor's Office for Police and Crime (Mopac), which oversees the Met, considered sacking Dick for a formal investigation, to be conducted by the Independent Office for the Conduct of Police (IOPC).
Thursday, Mopac has decided not to fire the commissioner for the investigation. The decision came weeks after Dick's contract asThe commissioner has been controversially extended for two years by the Home Secretary, in consultation with Sadiq Khan , Mayor of London.
The IOPC Fund is now considering ordering that the matter still be referred to it and has started collecting evidence as it plans to launch an investigation.
The report into the unsolved 1987 murder of Morgan, who was found dead in a South London pub car park with an ax to his head, accused the Met of placing protection on his reputation above the search for the truth. He personally criticized Dick for obstructing access to documents the panel deemed essential and criticized the force for taking eight years to reach its conclusions.
Any disciplinary complaintpotential against the commissioner must first be considered by Mopac. Complaints against other ranks can be referred by the Met itself.
A spokesperson for Mopac said: "Following the publication of the report from Daniel Morgan's independent panel, Mopac, as the competent authority, proactively assessed whether there was any indication that the Commissioner may have committed a criminal offense or behaved in a matter that would warrant proceedings disciplinary.
"Mopac concluded that the actions of the auditor do not respect the threshold for referral to the Independent Office for Font Conducted and shared his assessment with the IOPC. ”
Dick denied interfering with the work of the panel by blocking or delaying access to documents sensibles. “I didn 't hinder their work. I left with my team, who had a lot of resources, to make sure we were giving the panel maximum cooperation and doing a "full release, as quickly as possible," she said. Jun.
Dick also rejected the main conclusion of the independent report: "I don't believe we are institutional you are corrupt. No, I don 't accept this.
Following Mopac 's decision, the IOPC revealed it was receiving evidence from Morgan ' s Board of Inquiry that led it to criticize the Met Commissioner .
The IOPC said, "We are undertaking our own assessment to determine if there are any conduct issues identified in the report for an appointed officer, including Commissioner MPS and former Commissioners, who may require a reference to us.
"We haveWe met with the chairman and other panel members to better understand the criticisms made. We have received further information from the panel and have requested and received additional material from the MPS to assist with our assessment, which is ongoing.
Former Met Police Chief Brian Paddick said he was concerned the Mopac decision was a sign that the panel's findings were buried. Morgan's family waged a 30-year campaign for answers, alleging that the establishment was covering up the truth.
Paddick, the business spokesperson of the Liberal Democrats in the Lords, said: “The mayor's decision is implicitly that he condones the behavior of the commissioner which has been criticized by the inquiry. I was very concerned that the panel's findings were buried - and that seems to confirm my fears. "
ERight, the Mayor of London is responsible for holding the Met to account. Khan, like his predecessor, Boris Johnson, has delegated this role to a deputy mayor.