Police whistleblower quits after claiming he was bullied for telling the truth

A POLICE whistleblower has resigned, claiming he was bullied by officers from two forces.

PC James Patrick, from Brightlingsea, went public, accusing the Metropolitan Police of routinely fiddling crime figures.

Four months after making the claims to an MPs’ committee, he has quit the force, claiming both Met and Essex Police officers bullied him.

Now his MP, Bernard Jenkin, has promised to raise the case in the House of Commons.

The Tory MP for Harwich and North Essex said: “I am very unhappy.

"His appearance before the Public Administration Select Committee, which I chair, completely vindicated the concerns he raised.

“The Metropolitan Police are simply in denial about their responsibility for this state of affairs, and in denial about the public service which has been given by this officer.”

Mr Patrick accused the London force of deliberately downgrading some crimes, and not recording others.

He claimed people who reported crimes, including victims of rape, were dissuaded from pressing ahead with complaints.

He has quit the force, claiming he was bullied at NewScotland Yard and by Essex officers, who visited his home to “rattle his cage”.

He added: “This has not been an easy decision. My experience led me to see just how flawed the whistleblowing system is.

“My resignation arises directly from my treatment, as a result of making disclosures in good faith and in the public interest.

“My family and I have had to live under this threat. Even so, I carried on acting in the public interest, resulting in me being effectively bullied at New Scotland Yard.

“Worse still, Essex Police were sent to my home under the banner of welfare, themselves concluding they had been sent to rattle our cages.”

Mr Patrick’s original allegations, made in a book, were denied by the Met and he was charged with gross misconduct. His allegations later became the focus of an investigation in Parliament.

The Metropolitan Police declined to comment on Mr Patrick’s resignation or his claims of bullying.

An Essex Police spokesman said it had been contacted by the Met over concerns for the welfare of one of their officers.

He added: “We attended the home and discovered he was safe and well with his family. He did raise some concerns, but was grateful for Essex Police advice at the time.”

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7:41am Thu 27 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

Serpico is alive and well and living in essex.with the revelations about various police forces round the country over the past decades whats news.
Serpico is alive and well and living in essex.with the revelations about various police forces round the country over the past decades whats news. stevedawson
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7:56am Thu 27 Mar 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

This type of treatment is bound to happen. It happens in all walks of life but the police are renowned for operating a policy of closing ranks and when they are up against it or a whistle blower from within their ranks emerges. Their objective will always be discredit and intimidate because the last thing they want is having to be held accountable for their actions.

And when they are held accountable, as in the case of Ian Tomlinson they finally, after four years, paid a substantial sum in damages and legal costs to Mr Tomlinson's family. Senior officers finally apologised ‘unreservedly’ for the clash that led to the newspaper seller’s death during the G20 riots in 2009, but I'm sure they only accepted responsibility because there was undisputed video evidence against Pc Simon Harwood, who was Met police officer responsible for Mr Tomlinson's death.
This type of treatment is bound to happen. It happens in all walks of life but the police are renowned for operating a policy of closing ranks and when they are up against it or a whistle blower from within their ranks emerges. Their objective will always be discredit and intimidate because the last thing they want is having to be held accountable for their actions. And when they are held accountable, as in the case of Ian Tomlinson they finally, after four years, paid a substantial sum in damages and legal costs to Mr Tomlinson's family. Senior officers finally apologised ‘unreservedly’ for the clash that led to the newspaper seller’s death during the G20 riots in 2009, but I'm sure they only accepted responsibility because there was undisputed video evidence against Pc Simon Harwood, who was Met police officer responsible for Mr Tomlinson's death. Say It As It Is OK?
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10:16pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Jon-Vencato says...

Well my son Nick is still intermittently brain damaged, the perpetrators that poisoned him are still out there.
I am in the process of writing to Nick Alston PCC. For what that will be worth:
I do not know how my sons case has been graded. (Last known report was put on local intelligence): Even though I gave the location to the source:
There are parents of other children in the borough, are calling into the gazette with claims of illicit substances getting into schools and colleges in the town.
I did think the Serpico case was slightly different than this one but in any case well done Officer Patrick:
Well my son Nick is still intermittently brain damaged, the perpetrators that poisoned him are still out there. I am in the process of writing to Nick Alston PCC. For what that will be worth: I do not know how my sons case has been graded. (Last known report was put on local intelligence): Even though I gave the location to the source: There are parents of other children in the borough, are calling into the gazette with claims of illicit substances getting into schools and colleges in the town. I did think the Serpico case was slightly different than this one but in any case well done Officer Patrick: Jon-Vencato
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10:46pm Thu 27 Mar 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

stevedawson wrote:
Serpico is alive and well and living in essex.with the revelations about various police forces round the country over the past decades whats news.
Well Well, Oh dear within the next few hours my certain adversary will appear on this thread with their usual defensive shield, protecting "The System" again:
He is quite "Primate" and certainly not a "Gentleman" like me.
Its people like James Patrick that are the ones with real BAL*S in life. He is what I call a doer, not a talker. The problem is there are those that want to keep their heads down and others that don't want to rock the boat. Nothing will ever change, there will be a little papering over the cracks and little white washing here and there. It's quite funny because the Tory government are really good at putting the SH*TS up lazy public sector services and cleaning up CR*P, when they get in, I have noticed the changes already and the bottoms twitching from the backside shiners. I noticed it in the last recession after Thatch took over, then the brilliant John Major, Kenny Clarke and Nige Lawson put the country back on the map. Then what happens is the old Red Robbo Brigade get in and mess it all up with their blaze politically correct nanny state methods. If anyone can clean this mess up Bernard Jenkin can. The town centre had a loss when the boundary seats had changed.
As for The Teflon's in this town who protect the Status Quo and do not like comments and criticisms, you carry on having your sun tans and your beefeater meals, we will still pay you for your Gold Plated pensions don't worry Its a great way of solving crime with the work that's been done in the last 30 years. I mean we moan about them now. They still have not found the killer to Kay O Conner when I was at school back in the mid 70's.
I would get the Dogs to do the work they seem to have more brains than the Officers, but I suppose they dont get much chance to show their lot especially with our services record.
And by the way Francesco Vincent Serpico & James Patrick are two of a kind
great and good people with honour, they have stood up and been counted for.
Off you go "WOMBLE"
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: Serpico is alive and well and living in essex.with the revelations about various police forces round the country over the past decades whats news.[/p][/quote]Well Well, Oh dear within the next few hours my certain adversary will appear on this thread with their usual defensive shield, protecting "The System" again: He is quite "Primate" and certainly not a "Gentleman" like me. Its people like James Patrick that are the ones with real BAL*S in life. He is what I call a doer, not a talker. The problem is there are those that want to keep their heads down and others that don't want to rock the boat. Nothing will ever change, there will be a little papering over the cracks and little white washing here and there. It's quite funny because the Tory government are really good at putting the SH*TS up lazy public sector services and cleaning up CR*P, when they get in, I have noticed the changes already and the bottoms twitching from the backside shiners. I noticed it in the last recession after Thatch took over, then the brilliant John Major, Kenny Clarke and Nige Lawson put the country back on the map. Then what happens is the old Red Robbo Brigade get in and mess it all up with their blaze politically correct nanny state methods. If anyone can clean this mess up Bernard Jenkin can. The town centre had a loss when the boundary seats had changed. As for The Teflon's in this town who protect the Status Quo and do not like comments and criticisms, you carry on having your sun tans and your beefeater meals, we will still pay you for your Gold Plated pensions don't worry Its a great way of solving crime with the work that's been done in the last 30 years. I mean we moan about them now. They still have not found the killer to Kay O Conner when I was at school back in the mid 70's. I would get the Dogs to do the work they seem to have more brains than the Officers, but I suppose they dont get much chance to show their lot especially with our services record. And by the way Francesco Vincent Serpico & James Patrick are two of a kind great and good people with honour, they have stood up and been counted for. Off you go "WOMBLE" A Very Private Gentleman
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11:35pm Thu 27 Mar 14

James.Harrington says...

stevedawson wrote:
Serpico is alive and well and living in essex.with the revelations about various police forces round the country over the past decades whats news.
A FORMER Colchester Leisure World worker arrested on suspicion of stealing tens of thousands of pounds from the centre has been told she will face no charges.

The woman, 32, was arrested on suspicion of theft last October after a Colchester Council probe found money had gone missing between November 2010 and May 2012.

The unnamed former employee was sacked at the time.

However on answering police bail yesterday she was told by officers she would face no charges.

A spokesman said: “The 32-year-old woman from the Colchester area has been released from her police bail without charge.”
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: Serpico is alive and well and living in essex.with the revelations about various police forces round the country over the past decades whats news.[/p][/quote]A FORMER Colchester Leisure World worker arrested on suspicion of stealing tens of thousands of pounds from the centre has been told she will face no charges. The woman, 32, was arrested on suspicion of theft last October after a Colchester Council probe found money had gone missing between November 2010 and May 2012. The unnamed former employee was sacked at the time. However on answering police bail yesterday she was told by officers she would face no charges. A spokesman said: “The 32-year-old woman from the Colchester area has been released from her police bail without charge.” James.Harrington
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8:47am Fri 28 Mar 14

totallyfootball says...

James.Harrington wrote:
stevedawson wrote:
Serpico is alive and well and living in essex.with the revelations about various police forces round the country over the past decades whats news.
A FORMER Colchester Leisure World worker arrested on suspicion of stealing tens of thousands of pounds from the centre has been told she will face no charges.

The woman, 32, was arrested on suspicion of theft last October after a Colchester Council probe found money had gone missing between November 2010 and May 2012.

The unnamed former employee was sacked at the time.

However on answering police bail yesterday she was told by officers she would face no charges.

A spokesman said: “The 32-year-old woman from the Colchester area has been released from her police bail without charge.”
Some would say its a waste of time having a justice system when its such a joke! Corruption within the police is just not tolerable, if they want to make cuts lets out the internal criminals and the permanent sickies!
[quote][p][bold]James.Harrington[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: Serpico is alive and well and living in essex.with the revelations about various police forces round the country over the past decades whats news.[/p][/quote]A FORMER Colchester Leisure World worker arrested on suspicion of stealing tens of thousands of pounds from the centre has been told she will face no charges. The woman, 32, was arrested on suspicion of theft last October after a Colchester Council probe found money had gone missing between November 2010 and May 2012. The unnamed former employee was sacked at the time. However on answering police bail yesterday she was told by officers she would face no charges. A spokesman said: “The 32-year-old woman from the Colchester area has been released from her police bail without charge.”[/p][/quote]Some would say its a waste of time having a justice system when its such a joke! Corruption within the police is just not tolerable, if they want to make cuts lets out the internal criminals and the permanent sickies! totallyfootball
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