INVOLVEMENT OF HMCIC FOR
SCOTLAND IN A COMPLAINT MADE
will be aware that Mr and Mrs McLeod of Wick have expressed
dissatisfaction to Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary for
Scotland, Mr William Taylor, about the way in which Northern
Constabulary handled their complaints about the actions of police
officers, both during and after the investigation which was conducted
into the circumstances that led to the tragic loss of their son, Kevin,
on 8 February 1997 at Wick.
The Chief Constable of Northern Constabulary, Mr Bill Robertson, has today received a letter from Mr Taylor, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector for Scotland, in which he extends an invitation to the Chief Constable to reconsider the handling of this complaint. Mr Taylor makes it clear in his letter to Mr and Mrs McLeod that there will not be a reinvestigation into the death of their son, Kevin, or the conclusions of the Fatal Accident Inquiry.
Mr Robertson has responded that he accepts this invitation, in the spirit of openness which he attaches to the Complaints Against the Police System in Scotland, and on receipt of further clarification which he has requested on the areas upon which HMCIC has based the conclusion he has reached, steps will be taken to progress the matter.
In his determination, published in
September 1998, he comments that the Missing Person Enquiries were
carried out by the officer in charge with commensurate expedition and
efficiency. He also went on to conclude it must be noted that the second
enquiry, which was very much more extensive, failed to reveal anything
of further significance.
During the enquiry into complaints made
by Mr and Mrs McLeod against officers of the Northern Constabulary where
they contained any allegation which inferred criminal conduct by a
police officer, these were referred to the Regional
In dealing with dissatisfied complainants such as Mr and Mrs McLeod, it is worth noting that HMCIC, Mr Taylor, where he feels sufficient concerns or problems exist, has the power to direct that a complaint be reconsidered and may instruct that the Force has regard to any further information which has become available during his evaluation of the original action taken. It should be made clear this is not the action he has proposed in his letters to either the Chief Constable or to Mr and Mrs McLeod, nor did he indicate that any further information had become available during his evaluation into the original complaint enquiry conducted by Northern Constabulary.
NB: A full explanation of how such
matters are dealt with by HMCIC for Scotland can be found on the HMI
Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland Website.
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