West Mercia Police has accepted that there were "procedural errors" following a meeting between three Police Federation officers and former chief whip Andrew Mitchell.
While the quality of the original investigation by West Mercia into the conduct of Police Federation representatives on 12 October 2012 remains unquestioned, the force accepts there were procedural errors in the investigative reports provided to the appropriate authorities which they used to make their determinations about the officers’ conduct.
These procedural errors began with a misunderstanding between the IPCC supervising the investigation, and West Mercia Police investigators.
– West Mercia Police statement
West Mercia has always maintained that the investigation into the events in Sutton Coldfield in October 2012 should have been conducted independently.
The force therefore welcomes the IPCC’s decision to change the status of the investigation from an IPCC supervised investigation to an independent investigation using their own staff.The force will co-operate fully with the IPCC’s investigation.