A police chief refused to co-operate with a misconduct probe into officers who investigated an unexplained death of a man who was found dead between the drum and chassis of a cement mixer.And how can he do that, you cry?
Former Det Chief Insp Terrence Haines retired a day after the Independent Police Complaints Commission contacted him about Lee Balkwell‘s untimely death.How very coincidental…
Mr Haines, who headed Essex Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Directorate in 2008, refused to answer questions about his involvement in inquiries into the death.Cozy, very cozy.
If an officer retires, there is no law forcing them to co-operate with a commission investigation, so it is powerless to force them to answer questions.
However Lee’s dad Les Balkwell, 64, believes Mr Haines should have got involved. He said: “I want to know why a senior detective would not co-operate in an inquiry concerning an unexplained death?”Interesting! I look forward to reading that.
For three years, the commission has investigated 92 complaints from Mr Balkwell concerning alleged failings in the initial investigation and subsequent reviews of his son’s case.
A report on the findings is expected early this year. Mr Balkwell has been allowed to see it, and said a number of his complaints were upheld, but for legal reasons he cannot go into detail.
Mr Haines, who received the Liam Brigginshaw Award in recognition of outstanding commitment to policing in October 2009, was one of 18 officers served “regulation nine” official notices by the commission, meaning they were under investigation.So, he resigned pretty quickly after that, then?
Well, no. Not exactly:
Mr Haines, who was an investigator during a review from 2003 to 2006, received his notice in December 2008, but the commission did not formally approach him to respond until March 31, last year. He retired on April 1.I’ve seen glacial drift move faster…
An Essex Police spokesman said Mr Haines’ retirement had been planned and disputed it was anything to do with the commission’s investigation.Well, of course he did!
The Kent and Essex Police serious crime directorate is still reviewing the death of Lee Balkwell. It began its probe following a 2009 interim report by the commission into the complaints. Mr Balkwell said: “I believe the truth about Lee’s death will eventually come out.”I hope you’re right.
One commenter, though, clearly thinks you should just drop it:
Brunning999 says...Tell that to the Lawrences…
This is a case of obsession 92 complaints and no evidence, of crime.
What must be remembered is regardless of poor Policing if any policing was poor the Police Officers did not commit any crime.
The guy that admits making a mistake MUST be truly gutted if what he says is true.
After all those enquiries surely enough is enough if there is NO EVIDENCE other than circumstantial evidence.