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Whistleblower: Tribunal hearing 'will surprise people'

Whistleblower: Tribunal hearing 'will surprise people'

Officer who gave evidence to Parliament on "manipulated" crime figures says more revelations are to come.

Date - 16th June 2014
By - Ian Weinfass - Police Oracle
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The former Metropolitan Police officer who blew the whistle on the manipulation of crime statistics says there are more surprises to come from him.

James Patrick (pictured), who has resigned from the force and is taking it to an employment tribunal later this year, told PoliceOracle.com that there is a lot he is unable to talk about prior to the hearing.

The former PC made headlines when he gave evidence to Parliament on claims his force abused crime recording rules to manipulate the figures, having already written online and in an e-book about his concerns over the path of police reform.

Earlier this year he posted a statement online saying his public statements and evidence had led him to be “effectively bullied” by the force after becoming a whistleblower.

In an exclusive interview with this website he said: "There are things which are going to the go before the tribunal, and some of it may come as a real surprise to people.

"There are a lot of things I can't say at the moment, including in terms of the way I was treated."

He also revealed much more, including:

The moment he decided to become a whistleblower.

His views on how they are treated by police forces.

The huge impact the revelations have had on his personal and family life.

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Anonymous

Anonymous - Mon, 16 June 2014
Many many many cops have yearned to do what this man has done yet didn't and don't through fear of rocking the boat and loosing their pension. With the advent of most of our pensions becoming ripped up beyond belief I sense there will then be a floodgate of similar whistle blowing. In 17 years in all 3 police forces I've worked on without fail - every single police manager in every single department starting from the ch supt's bonus terms - all have adopted manipulative and therefore corrupt practices to present figures, incident logs and crime data to better looking ways. I'm not suggesting that everyone is corrupt in the traditional sense of the description ie doing other rotten things such stealing or perverting justice but nevertheless the process has been what I've heard been termed morally corrupt 'for the job'. Indeed, in actual fact it happens in all professions and is and always has been as a result of the PI culture. From teachers manipulating children to pass an exam rather than teach them to learn and understand for them selves to doctors decisions on whether to operate on 'risky' patients being decided by their Hosp and dept's current year to date mortality rate. It's all well know human behaviour, described extremely well in a recent modern day book called 'freakonomics' but is particularly rife in the police service. Since the internet people are much more informed and Gov depts cannot keep on trying to bull@&" the public any longer.
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Steve

Steve - Mon, 16 June 2014
If anyone deserved a place in the Queens honours list, it is James, for his courage in blowing the whistle on not just his force, but the police service as a whole, bravely and publicly exposing the damage being done to policing and justice through the manipulation and disgraceful fiddling of police recorded crime statistics.
Any Chief Officer previously awarded a gong of any description who is subsequently found to have colluded, orchestrated or merely turned a blind eye to the practice whilst on their watch should be stripped of their award.
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Anonymous - Mon, 16 June 2014
@Steve James has been nominated for an honour, I urge everyone who feels that he deserves recognition for what he is doing, to write a letter to the Honours Secretariat at the Cabinet Office. Lets send a message to all those ACPO apparatchiks who collect their gongs whilst doing untold harm to the rank and file. Link is : honours@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk
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Anonymous

Anonymous - Mon, 16 June 2014
"Fiddling" or "Cooking the books" on crime figures has been going on for years and years, I have been retired many years and it was going on in the 1970s Anybody who says it "hasn't" is not telling the truth !!!

Attempted Burglary classified as "Criminal Damage" Attempted theft of M/V "Criminal Damage" I could go on but whats the point.....
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Homer

Homer - Mon, 16 June 2014
Not really that interested in him now he's quit. Meaningless. No big deal what he is blabbing about.
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Anonymous

Anonymous - Mon, 16 June 2014
He stated the obvious the government said thanks but no thanks he is now without a job with the reputation and personality of nitro moors !!!!!

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David

David - Mon, 16 June 2014
@Anonymous
Its easier to attack the messenger , than address the real issues of being fixated on crime figures and tick in the box management
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Anonymous

Anonymous - Mon, 16 June 2014
It doesn't say much for the integrity of Bernard Hopeless- Howe, and his Cronies at the top of the Mets, who let him be bullied. You cannot tell me that BHH didn't start the ball rolling to get PC Francis out, they hate whistleblowers, even when they tell the truth.
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Guest

Guest - Mon, 16 June 2014
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Guest - Mon, 16 June 2014
I think he should be more worried about what will be revealed about him during his tribunal. He has used and turned on a lot of supporters.
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jaded48

jaded48 - Mon, 16 June 2014
@Guest Please elaborate,we are all ears...
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Anonymous

Anonymous - Mon, 16 June 2014
James deserves support from every single serving officer who believes in their honesty and integrity. He has tried to fight the system from the inside and sadly lost the battle. The SMT at the Met should be ashamed of themselves, and don't think that his treatment hasn't been noticed by people in Parliament - the HASC where he gave his evidence are all too aware of what happened to him; the good-old, classic DPS witch hunt. Once his name was mud, they were going to do all they could to get him out.

I sincerely hope the tribunal clears his name and earns him a few quid in the process - god knows he deserves positive recognition for the work he did around exposing the appalling stats we all know exist in our forces, and ensuring that the Home Secretary's lies about statistics were shown up to the public.
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Anonymous - Tue, 17 June 2014
The vast majority of posts on here are supportive to James the honours list is a master stroke idea. For the haters he will be vindicated at ET, let's see your narcissism vented then . Save it for the top who massaging crime stats when crime us rising . Hod bless James we need more like him.
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Guest - Thu, 19 June 2014
@Guest you sound just like the bulliers! as many who have been bullied out of their jobs for being honest and standing up for what wrong is being done to officers, police staff and members of the public. The majority of whistle blower are outstanding and decorated officers with many commendations for outstanding work. Just look at the other issues highlighted by staff in care homes, children's homes and the high profile celebrities for in court for sexual! There is never any smoke without fire, but it is always the messenger's who get shot, not the wrong doers. It 's How are the public supposed to have respect and trust in the police and law of the land when even police officers can't trust police officers and policy and procedures are the law but on conduct and accountability, but are meaning less and non existant when wrong doing is identified, and the good cop is made to look like a bad cop, thus being the total opposite of the realities. You must have had a sheltered life and career or are a supporter of the bad guys./ cop's inside a Judge Dredd, law enforcement, Judge, Jury and Executioner's. James like many others in the past, current, and future cases of whistle blowing, harassment, discrimination, bullying, etc. looking forward to publications following his ET Case and other civil proceedings he takes against the wrong doers. Police officers take oath for their required conduct and behaviour upholding the Law and execution of their powers to protect and preserve peoples rights at all times. !!! Well Done James!!
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