Independent Police Support Group

Dear Hampshire Constabulary,

The following extract of information has been obtained from published material.

"A THIRD probe into events surrounding the death of a constable who hanged himself has been ordered by the Police Complaints Authority (PCA).

PC Graham Cruttenden's partner has lodged a 300-page complaint alleging an "unlawful and malicious" investigation by Hampshire Constabulary.

Barbara Kinner, who lived with the officer, claims a catalogue of procedural and legal breaches triggered his suicide in 1997. He had strenously denied the allegation.

PC Cruttenden, 51, helped nail corruption when he gave evidence which resulted in colleagues being convicted of theft.

Afterwards he was advised to move and joined the Hampshire force. The PC, who had won bravery commendations, lived on the Isle of Wight where he served as a schools liaison officer and dog handler.

Mrs Kinner said: "The final evolution of this investigation was the death of a well-respected and well-commended police officer."

Now the PCA has asked Thames Valley Police to probe the Hampshire force and 10 officers."

Please provide a copy of the allegations against the police officers and copies of any related documents and the outcome of the investigation.

Yours faithfully,

Independent Police Support Group

Hampshire Constabulary

Good afternoon,
 
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: HC/01557/15
 
The following request for information under the Freedom of Information Act
was received by the Public Access office at Hampshire Constabulary:
 
'Please provide a copy of the allegations against the police officers and
copies of any  related documents and the outcome of the investigation.'
 
Your request will be considered in accordance with the legislation and you
will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days,
subject to the provisions of the Act.  In the unlikely event that
Hampshire Constabulary is unable to meet the 20 working day deadline. You
will be informed as soon as possible and given a revised time-scale for a
response.
 
To be accepted, any clarification(s) to your request must be submitted in
writing directly to the Public Access Team at Hampshire Constabulary. 
 
If your request requires either full or partial transference to another
public authority, you will be informed.  Should you have any further
enquiries concerning this matter, please write or contact the Public
Access Helpdesk on telephone number 01962 871541 quoting the reference
number above.
 
Kind regards,
 
Rose Gaunt | Public Access Assistant
Joint Information Management Unit | Hampshire Constabulary & Thames
Valley Police
Telephone 01962 871541 | Internal 791375
Address Hampshire Police Headquarters, West Hill, Winchester, Hampshire,
SO22 5DB
 
 
 

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Rebecca Warhurst | Public Access Manager
Joint Information Management Unit | Hampshire Constabulary & Thames Valley
Police
Telephone 01962 814789 | Internal 79 1765
Address Hampshire Constabulary Police HQ, West Hill, Romsey Road,
Winchester, SO22 5DB
 
 
 

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Independent Police Support Group left an annotation ()

The police have long tentacles and whistleblowing is likely to follow you whichever force you move to.

Most senior officers flit between forces on promotion, and it is interesting to note that the investigation was apparently carried out by Thames Valley Police.

The Freedom of information unit providing our refusal is a joint unit between Hampshire and Thames Valley police.

Forces will often use a neighbouring force to give a perception of transparency, another force used by Hampshire is Dorset police where senior officers transfer back and forth on promotion.

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