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Revealed: NO police officers will be disciplined after FOUR year probe into how GMP failed Rochdale grooming victims

No officers will be disciplined after a probe into how GMP failed victims of child sexual exploitation in Rochdale.
The force probe into the affair has taken FOUR years to publish. It covered botched criminal investigations in 2008 and 2010.
Seven officers were served with misconduct notices after GMP was ordered by the Independent Police Complaints Commission to carry out an inquiry into the force’s inability to protect under-age girls from predominantly Asian gangs who used them for sex.
The seven were interviewed about their decision-making, handling of investigations, and victim care.
They were the former divisional Chief Supt, John O’Hare, a Superintendent, plus two Det Chief Inspectors, two Detective Inspectors, and one Sergeant.
All received management advice regarding their performance.
One Detective Inspector was found to have a case to answer for misconduct but retired before the inquiry could be completed.
By the summer of 2013 force investigators had identified the Det Insp should attend a formal misconduct hearing but they left the force in January 2014.
The report says he failed to produce any meaningful strategy to support a colleague, called ‘Officer 9’
He chose not to properly update or alert his supervision or any member of the Rochdale Division leadership team about the scale of the abuse.
The reason he gave for this - that they had a large workload - was deemed unacceptable.
‘Officer 9’, a detective, was deemed to have warranted misconduct proceedings but the report says he was ‘overwhelmed’ by the task before him.
It says he ‘worked extremely hard to secure evidence, make arrests, and place compelling evidence before specially trained CPS lawyers’.
But he was not sufficiently supported by his line management who he approached for help.
The report adds that when help was not forthcoming he ‘persevered in an attempt to prosecute known offenders and disrupt others.’
It was therefore decided it was ‘inappropriate to punish someone who acted in good faith’.
Eventually evidence he had gathered in 2008 and 2009 was used in a proper well resourced investigation two years later which ended with a trial in May 2012 and the convictions of ten men.
The report says the force failed the victims as the force was focusing on a government driven policy to tackle burglary, robbery, and car crime.
The ‘churn’ of staff at Rochdale police particularly in the inspecting ranks meant leadership of the issue was not maintained.
There was also a lack of understanding of the complexity surrounding child sexual exploitation by all agencies.
The report was delayed after twice being sent back to the force by the IPCC. The first time the IPCC said the contents were not adequate, and in 2012 they had an issue with the ‘style and tone’ of it.
It was finally ready to publish the summer of 2014 but Rochdale council raised concerns about the possibility that some of he victims could be identified from the report.
Finally, a heavily redacted version has been published today.
The report reveals that into total 13 officers were interviewed but only seven served with misconduct notices.
One officer was advised about his behaviour after being caught on film yawning while interviewing a victim at Middleton Police Station.

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