Dear Independent Office for Police Conduct,
Re, "Supplementary evidence in support of misconduct of Professional Standards Department and named officers"
See paragraphs 5 and 7 in the extract of casework manager, Sarah Turner’s, appeal outcome letter (IOPC Decision letter 14 December 2018)
' 5. You assert again that you have been wrongly convicted and that your report of 19 February 2018 provides evidence pointing to the cause of the wrongful conviction. I do not agree with your assertion based on the evidence available and furthermore, I note that your case has been to the CCRC and was unsuccessful.
7. You reiterate that your arrest was unlawful. I disagree and concur with the conclusion made by the IO. You appear to be unhappy with the IO’s discussion of PC Blake’s statement when he discusses ‘further grounds for arrest’ and necessity for arrest with your refusal to provide your name. The arresting officer provides further reasoning for his decision to arrest, not an alternative. I fully agree with the reasoning provided by the IO and furthermore highlight that the custody sergeant could have refused detention and did not and an Inspector further reviewed the position in custody. '
The above strongly suggests that the casework manager has no understanding whatsoever of the necessary components that are required for a lawful arrest under Section 24 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (para 7 above). Neither did she have any regard in paragraph 5 of the limited jurisdiction of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC).
Q. Are casework managers not required to have the appropriate knowledge to enable them to deal with complaints and appeals fairly so that the complainant is spared from further injustice?
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