'Poor judgement' by 2 Met staff

The police watchdog has found that “professional boundaries became blurred, imprudent decisions taken and poor judgement shown” by two former senior Met Police staff in their relationships with a former News of the World executive.

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Fedorcio's resignation was 'hugely damaging to public confidence' in police

Deborah Glass, chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, says that the resignation of former Met director of public affairs Dick Fedorcio before his gross misconduct hearings is 'hugely damaging'.

"The IPCC cannot prevent a member of police staff leaving before facing misconduct proceedings, but I can and do observe that such a practice can be hugely damaging to public confidence [in the police]," she said.

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'Poor judgement' shown by senior Met staff over Wallis' hiring

Neil Wallis, former News of the World exec editor; John Yates, former Met Assistant Commissioner; Dick Fedorcio, former Met PR chief. Credit: ITN / Reuters / Reuters

"Poor judgment" was shown by Scotland Yard in recruiting former News of the World executive editor Neil Wallis as a PR consultant, the Independent Police Complaints Commission said today.

The IPCC had already announced that former Metropolitan Police communications chief Dick Fedorcio has a "case to answer" over the procurement of the contract.

Fedorcio had discussed the possibility of hiring the ex-tabloid executive with then-assistant commissioner John Yates.

Mr Yates said Mr Wallis, a friend of his, gave him "categorical assurances" that there was nothing about the News of the World phone-hacking case that could emerge later to embarrass the Metropolitan Police if he was given the job.

IPCC: 'senior people became oblivious to the perception of conflict'

Despite the growing phone hacking scandal, which must have exercised the MPS at a senior level and which was beginning to damage the reputation of the Metropolitan Police in late 2009, senior people appear to have been oblivious to the perception of conflict. It is clear to me that professional boundaries became blurred, imprudent decisions taken and poor judgement shown by senior police personnel.

– Deborah Glass, IPCC Deputy Chair

IPCC: No corruption, but Met policies were breached

The IPCC looked at the Met's hiring of Neil Wallis as well as then Assistant Commissioner John Yates' "alleged involvement in securing a job with the MPS for Wallis' daughter".

In these investigations, at the heart of the issues affecting public confidence was the question of whether two separate arrangements – both involving a form of employment connected to Neil Wallis – were either corruptly entered into or otherwise breached MPS policies and procedures.

In neither case did we find evidence of corruption, but in both cases we found that policies were breached, and in the case of the former Director of Public Affairs, Dick Fedorcio, that there was a case to answer in relation to misconduct.

– Deborah Glass, IPCC Deputy Chair

'Professional boundaries blurred' between senior Met personnel and NotW exec

Professional boundaries "became blurred", "imprudent decisions" were taken and "poor judgment" was shown by Scotland Yard in recruiting former News of the World executive editor Neil Wallis as a PR consultant, the Independent Police Complaints Commission said today.

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IPCC to publish results of probe into Met's hiring of newspaper PR man

Neil Wallis, former News of the World exec editor; John Yates, former Met Assistant Commissioner; Dick Fedorcio, former Met PR chief. Credit: ITN / Reuters / Reuters

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will today publish the results of its probe into the Met's decision to hire the News of the World's former executive editor Neil Wallis to provide PR advice for the force.

The IPCC has already announced that former Metropolitan Police communications chief Dick Fedorcio has a "case to answer" over the procurement of the contract.

Fedorcio had discussed the possibility of hiring the ex-tabloid executive with then-assistant commissioner John Yates.

Mr Yates said Mr Wallis, a friend of his, gave him "categorical assurances" that there was nothing about the News of the World phone-hacking case that could emerge later to embarrass the Metropolitan Police if he was given the job.

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