I am pleased to see that Deputy Roy Le Herissier has lodged an amendment to PPC's proposition relating to the Electoral Commission P5/2012. As one can see Roy's amendment P5 is asking Members to revert to what the former House approved last March and the proposed Commission be independent. The propositions are due to be debated on 6th March.
I am disappointed that not one of the 50 Members could find the time to ask the Chief Minister for an update on what the Council of Ministers is proposing in relation to the Historic Child Abuse Inquiry which was approved by the States last March. Next Tuesday the Chief Minister is down for questions without notice, hopefully someone will be ask for an update and also ask that the Verita report and recommended Terms of Reference be published.
I note that four questions have been lodged relating to the suspension of the former police chief. Deputy Higgins is asking the Home Affairs Minister to publish the letter from the Deputy Chief Officer of the States of Jersey Police to the then Chief Executive of the States in November 2008, which precipitated the suspension of the Chief Officer of the States of Jersey Police and, if not, why not?
Those who have followed the suspension will know that it is apparent that the Deputy Chief's letter was amended without his knowledge because in paragraph 93 of the Napier Report R132/2010 it states; In the light of the arrival and contents of the Interim Report, one interpretation of the facts is that an earlier draft of the Report of Mr Warcup was changed. Support for such an hypothesis can be seen in the further revision of the letters that were sent by Mr Crich at 21.15 on 11 November to the Solicitor General’s office, which are said in the email to have been “amended in the light of this evening’s conversation.” The version of the letter headed “Suspension from Duty” now states “On the 11th November 2008 I received a letter from the Chief Executive to the Council of Ministers enclosing a copy of a letter he had received from the Deputy Chief Officer of Police concerning an interim report he (the DCO) had received from the Metropolitan Police into the conduct of the historic child abuse enquiry in Jersey.” I must record, however, Mr Warcup’s assertion (which I have no reason to doubt) that his letter to Mr Ogley was not amended by him.
When giving reasons for resigning the former Deputy Police Chief blamed the activities of unnamed States Members and Bloggers but he must have been well aware that by his misguided actions he had allowed himself to enter a hornets nest where people at the highest level were prepared to bend or break the rules to achieve their goals. Bending, breaking or turning a blind eye to the rules brings me conveniently to my Blog.
The Report below was recently published in the New York Times and may well ring a bell with the recent arrest of a team of Drug Dealers in Jersey. I am not getting drawn into the actions of the Jersey officers involved with the arrest other than to say that the public are entitled to trust their police to conduct themselves in a law abiding manner. The same should be expected of their Civil Servants and Politicians.
As one can see below not all Courts are prepared to turn a "Nelson blind eye" when police officers, no matter how well intentioned, bend or break the rules to bring about an arrest. As a consequence the drug dealer was found not guilty and able to continue with his despicable trade.
Justices Say GPS Tracker Violated Privacy Rights
Published: January 23, 2012
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Courton Monday ruled unanimouslythat the police violated the Constitution when they placed a Global Positioning System tracking device on a suspect’s car and monitored its movements for 28 days.