A regional every day journalist has uncovered a “tradition of denial, obfuscation and secrecy” inside England’s second largest police drive.
A six-month investigation by Manchester Evening News politics and investigations editor Jen Williams has discovered “a bent in the direction of obfuscation, denial, secrecy and an intuition to defend the indefensible” at Better Manchester Police.
Examples of this embrace deceptive and inaccurate statements, denial of official criticism and authorized stonewalling.
The MEN had additionally reported cops have been left fearful to report failure, whereas these making an attempt exterior scrutiny have been dismissed by the drive.
MEN editor-in-chief Darren Thewaites instructed HTFP: “The institutional failings of Better Manchester Police over a few years are laid naked on this investigation.
“It’s an excellent piece of public curiosity journalism from Jen Williams, combining detailed analysis gathered by a number of sources over a prolonged investigation.
“This story uncovers the dangers inherent when organisations put their popularity administration forward of serving the general public curiosity and it poses critical questions over the effectiveness of police scrutiny.
“The secrecy, denials and obfuscation expose a rotten tradition that ill-served the various hard-working frontline officers already coping with the challenges imposed by authorities cuts.
“We now have a brand new chief constable in place who has been refreshingly forthright in setting his requirements and we’ll be outlining what the longer term holds in a second half.
“This has proven once more the significance of a vibrant regional media in a position to present unbiased scrutiny and oversight within the public curiosity.”
HTFP reported last year how Jen had hit out at GMP Chief Superintendent Phil Davies after he refused to reply the MEN’s questions on the grounds that its journalists “write what they need anyway.”
The primary a part of her investigation was revealed on-line on Thursday night time, whereas half two will probably be run this week.
Posting on Twitter, Jen described the investigation as “most likely essentially the most tough factor I’ve ever tried to put in writing about”.
She added: “There are actually main plans underway to enhance GMP’s efficiency and tradition.
“Clearly the proof will probably be within the supply, however subsequent week half two will look ahead not backwards – at these plans, each operationally and politically.
Lastly, and that is going to sound a bit chippy, however I’m going to say it anyway. Native press issues.
“And experiences of our dying could have been exaggerated.”