It recently came to our attention that Abe and Ella and their legions of adoring fans (well, Kristie Sue Costa and Sonja Vangelder really, but they like to big themselves up) have been putting about a completely erroneous idea of what an IPCC report is.
Apparently Kristie Sue and Sonja think there’s going to be some other IPCC report released, and the one we’ve been reading is only the ‘police response’. They seem to believe that the IPCC will look at the ‘police report’ and then issue their own ‘IPCC report’ based on that.
Mmm, no. Sorry, girls. That’s not quite how it works, no matter what Abe tells you.
Here’s a helpful hint: before mouthing off about how stupid we are for thinking this is the IPCC report, have a look at what the IPCC says about its own procedures. We’ve clipped some helpful and relevant bits from this leaflet that might help you understand it all a bit better.
The IPCC complaints process in a nutshell
Yes. You read that right. When the IPCC receives a complaint, they send it to the police force in question. A supervisor, manager, or other person from that force will deal with the complaint.
Now, check this out: it’s the cover letter sent to Abe & Ella from DCI Treena Fleming of the IPCC on 24th March 2016.See that part where she writes, “A report detailing the findings and conclusions of the investigation has been completed and is attached to this letter”?
And then she follows up with, “The report findings and my decisions in relation to it, are based on the facts that were available during the investigation”.
Kristie Sue and Sonja, we know this is hard stuff, but we want you to pay attention. You see, what she’s saying is that the investigation is over. Done. Kaput. Finito. And she (representing the IPCC) has made her decisions.
What is ‘local resolution’?
Just in case you are still worried, though, have a look at this: “Local resolution”: this means that the police in question—in this case Barnet police—dealt with Abe & Ella’s complaint. They provided information and explanation (if you read the report you’ll see that this is so); they explained the circumstances of the case and any actions taken; and they took investigative steps to find out more information.
If you’ll check out the IPCC report itself, you’ll see that at certain points, investigating officers made written statements under caution. This means that they were aware that what they were saying could be used as evidence. So they took extra-special care to tell the truth and be as clear as possible.
With us so far?
Actions taken as a result of the investigation
Now, Kristie Sue and Sonja, you’ll see that at the end of most of the numbered sections in the report, DCI Fleming writes (in bold font, to distinguish it from the police report section), “In respect of point X of your complaint I do not uphold this head of complaint“. There’s more, but we don’t expect you to read all those big words.
The general idea is that DCI Fleming (of the IPCC) is ‘reporting’ to Ella her decision (on behalf of the IPCC). So what we have, then, is…(brace yourselves) an IPCC report.
What to do if you disagree with the report’s outcome
Again, DCI Fleming spells this out in her cover letter. We’ve gone over this in a previous post, but basically she’s saying that if Abe & Ella don’t like the outcome of this investigation, they may be able to appeal it. Of course, Abe & Ella being who they are, we all know they’re busily concocting more rationales for appeal, but that isn’t our concern today.
We’d just like you to understand that when you said this…
…that nice Ms Barney wasn’t the one who came out looking like a monkey’s aunt.
p.s. We wonder whether Kristie Sue and Sonja will dare to print this factual refutation of their ludicrous claim? Place yer bets, ladies and gentlemen….