A file of evidence has been submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service, following an investigation managed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission into allegations against a number of former and serving Staffordshire Police officers.
The investigation has looked at how a protected witness was dealt with and disclosure issues prior to the trial of five men which concluded in 2008 for the murder of Kevin Nunes six years earlier. The investigation has been carried out by the Chief Constable of Derbyshire, Mick Creedon, under the direction and control of IPCC Commissioner Tom Davies.
A file of evidence has been passed to the CPS in relation to five officers up to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector who were part of the Staffordshire Police Sensitive Policing Unit, which had responsibility for handling protected witnesses. Three of the five officers are retired from Staffordshire Police.
A file of evidence will be formally submitted to the CPS in coming weeks in relation to a further nine officers, of the rank of Superintendent and above, who held senior positions at Staffordshire Police prior to the murder trial ending in 2008. Four of these officers are of ACPO rank and still serving within police forces. Four of the nine officers are retired from Staffordshire Police.
There has been ongoing liaison with the CPS since the early stages of the investigation. It will be for the CPS to determine whether any criminal charges against any of the officers are warranted.
IPCC Commissioner Tom Davies said: “This has been a thorough and painstaking investigation which has required careful scrutiny of thousands of documents and hundreds of statements, and interviews have been carried out with relevant officers. I am satisfied that we have reached a point in the investigation where it is right for the CPS to examine the evidence gathered in relation to five officers, and we intend to submit a further file of evidence in relation to nine other officers in coming weeks.”
The investigation has considered over 8,000 documents and taken around 300 statements. Each of the fourteen officers has been interviewed at least twice by the investigation team.
IPCC press release, 20/09/13