June 23, 2021

Newyddion Cymru Ar-Lein : Wales News Online

Newyddion Lleol a Chenedlaethol Cymru – Local and National News for Wales

Police claim council have abused complaints procedure

THE latest complaint about the delay in dealing with allegations relating to property grant schemes in Pembroke Dock is an “abuse of procedures,” Dyfed-Powys Police says.

A letter to Pembrokeshire County Council next week from the Dyfed-Powys Police professional standards department, states that the council can appeal a decision that its complaint about the grant scheme has not been resolved.

But adds :”The appropriate way in which to challenge the outcome of a complaint that has been recorded under the Police Reform Act 2002 is to submit an appeal to the relevant appeal body – in this case the Head of the Professional Standards Department.

“Attempting to submit further complaints instead of following that procedure is considered to be an abuse of the procedures for dealing with complaints as the complaints system was not designed to cater for such matters.”

Any appeal would have to explain the delay in making it, with the initial decision recorded in June last year.

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The letter to council adds that it was accepted by the force that there were “three factual inaccuracies in the explanation provided by DI Ritchie” but they were not serious enough to impact the investigation into the Pembroke Dock Commercial Properties Grants Scheme or affect the outcome of the complaint against the police.

The council has until July 19 to appeal the decision not to record the newly submitted complaint, the day after their meeting on Thursday, (Jul 18).

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