Sir Peter Fahy, the chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, has echoed the warning in today’s HMIC report into Jimmy Savile that a failure to share intelligence on a prolific offender could happen again.
He also criticised searching for individual members of staff to blame rather than “addressing some of the fundamental underlying issues".
Although we now have had a police national database operational since 2011 to enable forces to share intelligence it has to be acknowledged that having 43 separate police forces in England and Wales and no national headquarters for policing makes achieving consistent national standards all the more difficult...
When links are identified which cross force boundaries and periods of time there are some inevitable tensions in deciding which force will take on the investigation...
There is little public support for a national police force as is being created in Scotland but while localism has many strengths it does make it more difficult when cases cross boundaries and when we are trying to achieve national standards.
A letter received by Scotland Yard in 1998 claiming the DJ was a paedophile was classed as "sensitive", hiding it from other investigators.
From the BBC to the hospitals to the prosecutors and now, it's clear, the police, Jimmy Savile's victims were let down by every authority.