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IPCC make referral to CPS in Police Federation investigation

The IPCC has made a referral to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to consider charges over the actions of a Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officer, following its investigation into allegations of fraud made by the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW).

The investigation looked at the actions of one former member of the PFEW and three current members, from three forces, in relation to the use of PFEW funds.

In the IPCC investigator’s opinion, the MPS officer has a case to answer for gross misconduct, and two officers and a retired officer have no case to answer.

IPCC Deputy Chair Sarah Green said:

“This has been a complex financial investigation and I have now decided to make a referral to the CPS as our investigation has found that there is an indication that one officer may have committed a criminal offence.

“I am now satisfied we have gathered all the available evidence and it is now for the Crown Prosecution Service to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to commence criminal proceedings.”

A referral to the CPS is made when the IPCC investigation indicates that a criminal offence may have been committed. It does not mean that criminal charges will necessarily follow. The CPS will decide whether charges should be brought, based on the test set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

Where an investigator’s opinion is that an officer has a case to answer the police force and the IPCC Commissioner must decide whether to bring disciplinary proceedings.

 

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