The Command Team for the group investigating the Greater Manchester Police over allegations of co-operation with and infiltration by organised crime networks has taken the decision to de-restrict a two-years-old dossier which can now be accessed here. It’s free; please help yourself. Prior to today, this report has been seen only by GMP and a small number of private individuals offline. The report is published online in the public interest and for the purpose of crime prevention.
Readers should remember that the report is now two years old. Some of the information contained in the report is no longer correct (e.g. police officers have moved on to new posts). It should be noted that this report is Part One of what was a two-part report. The second part remains embargoed; it is classified due to security considerations and it will never be disclosed to the public.
I served as the report’s general editor; apologies for any SPG errors I missed. I’m afraid it’s not the easiest reading for the general reader and won’t win any prizes for literature. Broadly speaking, the report provides an ‘overview’ of the situation two years ago – and that was its main function as intended by its authors – but it’s worth bearing in mind that it was also deployed for [now defunct] tactical purposes back in 2012.
There have been several major developments since the report was first prepared. Two of these developments are: (1) since the report, GMP disclosed a written statement of its vice trade policy under the Freedom of Information Act; and (2) GMP conducted a Professional Standards Branch investigation which was subsequently referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
For over three years it has been ‘my pleasure’ (!) to be the only public frontman for the group investigating GMP and the Manchester vice trade, however it may be that a new face takes over from me later this year – if indeed the whole case isn’t fully wrapped up this year.
Further public disclosure of previously unreleased material is scheduled for the coming months – whether here or in the papers. In particular, the spotlight is set to fall once again on the conduct of GMP’s former Chief Constable Michael Todd…