Constable Jon Murphy; investigation of fraud allegations

P. John made this Freedom of Information request to Merseyside Police

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was successful.

Dear Merseyside Police,

In December 2010, Merseyside Police issued a statement stating that "Merseyside Police can confirm that Chief Constable Jon Murphy is conducting an investigation into a Leicestershire Constabulary officer, two officers from West Midlands Police and a member of the public following allegations of gross misconduct and fraud (*).

The investigation concerned allegations of fraud against the late DCC Gordon Fraser and associates.

Please could you disclose to me;

1. The present status of that investigation
2. The number of arrests, prosecutions, and convictions to date
3. The number of Police officers disciplined, or dismissed in consequence
4. The number of civilian workers disciplined, or dismissed in consequence
5. The cost of the investigation to date.

Yours faithfully,

P John.

(*) www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicesters...

Merseyside Police

Thank you for your contact which is receiving attention.

Call Centre Supervisor
Merseyside Police

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Dear Applicant,

Reference No : DJ 149/13 MERPOL (please quote in all correspondence)

Thank you for your application for information dated 18/07/2013, received
by Merseyside Police on 18/07/2013. I note that your are seeking
information relating to:

(paraphrased) : Information relating to an investigation conducted by Mr.
J. Murphy, Chief Constable Merseyside Police.

Your request will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will now be considered. You will receive a
response within the statutory time-scale of 20 working days as defined by
the Act, subject to the information not being exempt nor containing a
reference to a third party. In the event that we are not able to achieve
this deadline you will be informed at the earliest opportunity and given a
revised time-scale.

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of
the information you have requested. If this is the case you will be
informed and the 20 working day time scale will be suspended until we
receive payment from you.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transfer to another
public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest possible
way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

Yours faithfully,

D. Jackson
Disclosure Analyst
Merseyside Police
Information Bureau
Disclosure Unit
PO Box 59,
LIVERPOOL L69 1JD
Fax: 0151 777 7099
Email : [email address]

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Dear Applicant,

Response - FOIA Application - DJ 141/13 MERPOL (please quote in all
correspondence)

I write in connection with your request for information dated, 18/07/2013,
which was received by Merseyside Police on 19/07/2013. I note that you
seek access to the following information:

(paraphrased) : Information in relation to an investigation conducted by
the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police in respect of matters in other
Force areas.

Following receipt for your request searches were conducted within the
Merseyside Police to locate information relevant to your request. I can
confirm that the information that you requested is held by Merseyside
Police.

Extent of searches to locate information.

To locate the information relevant to your request, searches were
conducted in Force Press Office and Chief Constable's Office.

Result of searches.

The searches located some records relevant to your request.

Decision.

I have today been authorised by the senior decision maker in this case,
Mr. D. Mackin, FOI Officer to:

disclose information related to your requests numbered one, part of
application two and application 5 in full;
and
fully exempt information related to your requests numbered two in part and
four pursuant to the provisions of section 30 Freedom of Information Act
2000;

Your request for information, in relation to the exempt information, has
been considered and the Force is not obliged to supply the information
that you have requested.

Section 17, Freedom of Information Act, 2000, requires Merseyside Police,
when refusing to provide such information (because the information is
exempt) to provide you the applicant with a notice which:
(a) states that fact,
(b) specifies the exemption(s) in question and
(c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption
applies.

In respect of all the requests above, under the duty in section 16 of the
Act, the duty to be helpful, I have provided information, shown as
additional information which I believe will be of assistance to you,
together with a public interest test.

Please find attached information relating to your request in the schedule
below.

Making a complaint or an appeal

Your attention is drawn to the sheet attached below which details your
rights of complaint.

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please write
or e-mail me, on the below address, quoting the reference number above.

Yours faithfully

D Jackson
Disclosure Analyst
Merseyside Police
Information Bureau
Information Access Unit
PO BOX 59
LIVERPOOL L69 1JD
Fax: 0151 777 7099
E-mail: [Merseyside Police request email]

Schedule(s) of disclosed information:

(See attached file: Response Table DJ 149-13 & PIT (99REUR).doc)

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Dear Mr/Ms Jackson,

many thanks for your response to my FoI request DJ 141/13 MERPOL.

Please could I ask you to clarify one small detail for me, you say;

'Merseyside Police have completed a criminal investigation into a number of individuals. The file is currently with the Crown Prosecution Service awaiting a decision on whether any individual will face criminal charges.'

Please could you tell me, on what date was the investigation completed, on what date were the conclusions presented to the IPCC, and when was the file handed to the Crown Prosecution Service for a decision?

Many thanks,
Yours faithfully,

P. John

Merseyside Police

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Dear Applicant,

Reference No : DJ170/13 MERPOL (please quote in all correspondence)

Thank you for your application for information dated 10/08/2013, received
by Merseyside Police on 12/08/2013. I note that your are seeking
information relating to:

(paraphrased) : Additional information in relation to a previous
application DJ 141/13

I am directed to inform you that your request will be dealt with under the
terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will now be considered.
You will receive a response within the statutory time-scale of 20 working
days as defined by the Act, subject to the information not being exempt
nor containing a reference to a third party. In the event that we are not
able to achieve this deadline you will be informed at the earliest
opportunity and given a revised time-scale.

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of
the information you have requested. If this is the case you will be
informed and the 20 working day time scale will be suspended until we
receive payment from you.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transfer to another
public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest possible
way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

Yours faithfully,

D. Jackson
Disclosure Analyst
Merseyside Police
Information Bureau
Disclosure Unit
PO Box 59,
LIVERPOOL L69 1JD
Fax: 0151 777 7099
Email : [Merseyside Police request email]

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Dear Mr. John,

 

I refer to your request for clarification of a Freedom of Information Act
application response registered as DJ 149-13 MERPOL.

 

For administrative reasons your request for clarification was provided
with a new reference number DJ 170-13 MERPOL as the original application
had been completed.

 

I write to advise you that the response to your clarification is currently
with the senior decision maker in this case. I apologise for the delay in
being able to provide you with a response to your clarification request. I
will provide you with the response as soon as I am able to do so.

 

Please be assured that the Forces does intend to provide you with the
clarification that you seek. As you are seeking clarification of an FOI
response made, it is  important that there should be no ambiguity in the
response provided.

 

Yours faithfully

 

D. Jackson

Disclosure Analyst

Merseyside Police

Information Bureau

PO Box 59

LIVERPOOL

L69  1JD

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Dear Mr Jackson,

thank you for your note, and for the update.

I look forward to receiving the requested information.

Yours sincerely,

P. John

Jackson Dennis, Merseyside Police

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Dear  Mr. John,

 

Response Letter - FOI Application DJ 170-13 MERPOL (please quote in all
correspondence)

 

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by Merseyside Police on 10/08/2013. I note that you seek access to the
following information:

 

Clarification of information in previous FOI response.

 

Following receipt for your request searches were conducted within the
Merseyside Police to locate information relevant to your request. I can
confirm that the information that your requested is held by Merseyside
Police.

 

To locate the information relevant to your request, searches were
conducted in the Chief Constable's Office, Force Crime Operations Unit and
Information Bureau records. The searches located the records relevant to
your request which are on the attached schedule.

 

I have today been authorised by the senior decision maker in this case to
disclose the located information to you, as attached. Please find attached
a schedule consisting of one page.

 

I apologise for the misunderstanding in relation to information used in
the first response and for the delay in being able to provide this
clarified response.

 

Complaint Rights

 

Your attention is drawn to the information following this response, which
details your rights review and of complaint.   

 

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please write
or e-mail me, on the below address, quoting the reference number above.

 

Yours faithfully

 

D Jackson

Disclosure Analyst

Merseyside Police

Information Bureau

Information Access Unit

PO BOX 59

LIVERPOOL  L69  1JD

Fax: 0151 777 7099

E-mail:  [Merseyside Police request email]

 

Schedule(s) of disclosed information:          Please see the attachment
above.

 

 

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Dear Merseyside Police,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Merseyside Police's handling of my FOI request 'Constable Jon Murphy; investigation of fraud allegations'.

In response to my FoI request you have given me two completely contradictory answers.

In your first response, you told me "Merseyside Police have completed a criminal investigation into a number of individuals".

In your second response you told me "The investigation is not yet complete".

Both statements cannot be true. One or other of your responses is factually inaccurate, and given the circumstances surrounding this case, a considerable cause for concern.

Many senior police officers are implicated in this case; as alleged offenders, witnesses, or victims.

According to ICO advice concerning the FoIA Act, "section 77 states that it is a criminal offence to alter, block, destroy or conceal information". I would be grateful for an explanation before I complain to the ICO.

Please could I also ask a point of clarification; your second response suggests that "An advice file was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service in March 2013. CPS advice has been deferred pending interview with one of the subjects of the investigation".

Has that interview been outstanding since March? What is the present obstacle to conducting that interview? A delay of 6 months for a single interview in a criminal investigation seems rather protracted.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

P. John

Freedom Of Information, Merseyside Police

Dear P. John,

I acknowledge receipt of your email received today requesting that Merseyside Police review its response to your request for information concerning:

'Constable Jon Murphy; investigation of fraud allegations'.

I understand that you have raised a query regarding a conflict in the information provided.

It is also noted that in your email to raise new questions, i.e. Has that interview been outstanding since March? What is the present obstacle to conducting that interview?

This will be brought to the attention of the person conducting the internal review who may provide a response within the review or deem them to be new requests and refer them back to the FOI team for a separate response.

An internal review will be undertaken surrounding our FOI response - this will be considered independently by the Information Governance Manager. The review will be conducted in accordance with the Merseyside Police review procedure and every effort will be made to have a response to you no later than the 12/11/2013 (20 working days from receipt of internal review request, as advocated by the ICO).

However, if it becomes clear that the review will not be completed by this date you will be contacted.

Yours sincerely,

G.E. Thomas
Disclosure Manager

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Freedom Of Information, Merseyside Police

Dear P.John

Further to Mr Thomas' acknowledgement of your request for Merseyside Police to conduct an internal review as to how it dealt with your Freedom of Information requests, reference DJ141/13 and DJ 170/13, I confirm that I am conducting the review.

In his acknowledgement Mr Thomas mentioned that in your request for an internal review you had asked some further questions.

In referring to the internal review process the Information Commissioner advises that "This process constitutes an independent review of the way the request was handled and gives an opportunity to decide whether the original decision was appropriate"

As a result I have decided that the additional questions you asked should be treated as separate requests and will be dealt with accordingly , with every effort being made to provide you with a response by 12 November 2013, ie 20 working days from the initial receipt of the questions.

I shall contact you again regarding my response to your internal review.

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Granville Southworth
Information Governance Manger
Tel 0151 777 1422
email: granville[email address]:
Merseyside Police HQ, Canning Place, Liverpool, L69 1JD
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Freedom Of Information, Merseyside Police

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Dear Mr. John

 

Response - FOIA Application - DJ 216-13 MERPOL (please quote in all
correspondence)

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by Merseyside Police. I note that you seek access to the following
information:

(paraphrased) : Information in respect of an investigation.

 

Following receipt for your request searches were conducted within the
Merseyside Police to locate information relevant to your request. I can
confirm that some of the information that you requested is held by
Merseyside Police.

Extent of searches to locate information.

To locate the information relevant to your request, searches were
conducted in Information Bureau, Force Crime Operations Unit and Strategic
Development Department records.   

 

Result of searches.

The searches located some records relevant to your request.

Decision.

I have today been authorised by the senior decision maker in this case,
to:

disclose information related to your requests numbered one in full;

and

fully exempt information related to your requests numbered two  pursuant
to the provisions of section 40 Freedom of Information Act 2000;

 

Your request for information, in relation to application two, has been
considered and the Force is not obliged to supply the information that you
have requested.

 

Section 17, Freedom of Information Act, 2000, requires Merseyside Police,
when refusing to provide such information (because the information is
exempt) to provide you the applicant with a notice which:

(a) states that fact,

(b) specifies the exemption(s) in question and

(c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption
applies.

In respect of  the requests above, under the duty in section 16 of the
Act, the duty to be helpful, I have provided information, shown as
additional information  which I believe will be of assistance to you.

 

Please find attached information relating to your request in the schedule
attached above.

 

Making a complaint or an appeal

Your attention is drawn to the sheet attached below which details your
rights of complaint.       

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please write
or e-mail me, on the below address, quoting the reference number above.

Yours faithfully

D Jackson

Disclosure Analyst

Merseyside Police

Information Bureau

Information Access Unit

PO BOX 59

LIVERPOOL  L69  1JD

Fax: 0151 777 7099

E-mail:  [Merseyside Police request email]

Schedule(s) of disclosed information:          

 

 Please see the single page response table at the top of this e-mail.

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Dear Mr. Jackson,

many thanks for the additional information provided in response to my FoI request ('Constable Jon Murphy; investigation of fraud allegations').

I look forward to receiving the outcome of Mr. Southworth's internal review concerning the earlier aspects of my original request.

Yours sincerely,

P. John

Freedom Of Information, Merseyside Police

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Dear P.John

Further to Graham Thomas' email below in which he acknowledged receipt of your request for Merseyside Police to conduct an internal review as to how it dealt with your Freedom of Information request, reference DJ149/13 and DJ170/13, I confirm that the review is complete and provide the following response.

Your email identifies that when responding to your Freedom of Information requests, reference DJ149/13 and DJ170/13, the Force provided two contradictory answers as to whether the investigation is complete.

For clarity I confirm that the investigation has reached a stage whereby an advice file was submitted to the CPS during October 2013. The reason the wording of the previous response read “The investigation is not yet complete" is because technically the CPS could ask the Force for further enquiries to be completed.

I apologise for the lack of clarity and for the inconvenience caused.

Complaint Rights

Your attention is drawn to the attached document which details your further of complaint to the Information Commissioner."

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Granville Southworth
Information Governance Manger

Tel: 0151 777 1422
email: [email address]:
Merseyside Police HQ, Canning Place, Liverpool, L69 1JD

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Dear Mr Southworth,

many thanks for your note concerning my request for an internal review.

I wait to learn the outcome of the CPS assessment with interest.

many thanks,
Yours sincerely,

P. John