Responding to the reports issued by the IPCC on 4.10.2017 in concluding Op Kalmia, Chief Superintendent Dan Murphy, National Secretary, said:
“This report confirms there was no corruption and no conspiracy in this case, which our members have always maintained.
“Despite this, our members have been subject to a protracted and stressful investigation. As senior officers they were committed to leading their staff and doing the best job possible in difficult and demanding circumstances, and they continue to argue that the failures in this case were corporate force mistakes.
“Nevertheless they have been under criminal and then disciplinary investigation for more than five years. They have co-operated fully with these processes.
“The Crown Prosecution Service has already decided that there was no evidence to suggest our members committed any criminal offences. They vehemently disagree with the findings of the original report, which in their view is flawed. The Association notes that the IPCC itself also did not fully accept substantial parts of the findings in the report.
“As they are now retired there is no opportunity for our members to defend themselves against the misconduct allegations contained in the original report, which they would have vigorously defended.
“Our members have made formal complaints about the original investigation managed by the IPCC and the subsequent report.
“We now await the outcome of these investigations.”
The IPCC investigation looked at how a protected witness was handled and how disclosure issues were dealt with relating to the murder of Kevin Nunes in 2008.