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Digital copy of Exhibit AL8: Witness Statement of Graham Power to the Inquiry providing an account of his experiences and observations whilst Chief Officer of the States of Jersey Police. [Some details redacted]. Used as evidence in relation to Andrew Lewis's Witness Statement to the Inquiry dated 8 February 2016 [C/D/AW4/B2/4/WS000709].
November 2nd 2014 - November 2nd 2014
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Provides evidence on matters arising before, during and after Operation Rectangle including the lead up the operation, the political environment within which the operation functioned and the aftermath of the operation, including his suspension. Includes reference to Operation Haven, a disciplinary enquiry into the discharge of his role as Chief Officer in relation to Operation Rectangle and a subsequent Judicial Review application against the decision to suspend him. Provides background information including an overview of his career in the United Kingdom between 1966 and 2000 and comments about joining the States of Jersey Police as Chief Officer in 2000. Sets out details of initial challenges and matters arising before Operation Rectangle, referring to: a Report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary; the political environment and the Jersey Way; the case against Roger Holland; and the appointment of Lenny Harper and his focus on professional standards including tackling idleness and corruption. Includes comments about the the relationship between the States of Jersey Police and the Honorary Police, descriptions of the roles and systems of both the States of Jersey Police and the Honorary Police, and comments about the division of powers and conflicts between the forces. Includes comments about the Family Protection Unit/Public Protection Unit, a description of the role of Chief Officer, noting hybrid nature of the role betwene policing and politics, and details about succession planning in respect of contract extensions. Sets out details about Police investigations, Operation Rectangle and spin-off investigations. Refers to the lead up to Operation Rectangle, setting out details of a number of cases that led to the decision to commence Operation Rectangle including: the Paul Every case, the case of the abuse of a sea cadet and the investigations at Victoria College. Also includes comments about the perception of cover-up and a description of a pincer movement against Senator Stuart Syvret and tensions between the States of Jersey Police and politicians. Includes comments about André Bonjour sitting on a report scoping an investigation into child abuse at Haut de la Garenne and refers to the start date of Operation Rectangle. Sets out details of the case of Alan and Jane Maguire, including reference to a formal complaint of Stuart Syvret and the involvement of Advocate Robert MacRae. Also comments on other specific allegations during Operation Rectangle and as a spin-off of Operation Rectangle. Details his involvement in Operation Rectangle and a description of reporting on the progress of Operation Rectangle. Refers to the search at Haut de la Garenne and increasing media interest surrounding the investigation, the financial management of the States of Jersey Police and Operation Rectangle and remarks about Senator Wendy Kinnard relinquishing control of Operation Rectangle. Includes comments about the prosecution process, including reference to specific cases such as the one involving [the Houseparents of a Family Group Home]. Comments on the small number of prosecutions and Lenny Harper's alleged negative comments regarding the prosecution process. Also Includes comments about other cases indicating a complacent attitude towards child protection issues, including cases brought to his attention by Deidre Mezbourian and Mike Pollard. Refers to the handover to David Warcup and Mick Gradwell and includes comments about a press conference held on 12 November 2008. Includes general observations about the political environment during Operation Rectangle and sets out details and comments about his suspension from the States of Jersey Police on 12 November 2008. Includes comments about Operation Blast relating to his alleged conduct in keeping secret files on Jersey politicians. Sets out his views on the Wiltshire Report and Operation Haven, the disciplinary enquiry into the discharge of his role as Chief Officer in relation to Operation Rectangle, and his views of the Napier Report, a review of the matter of his supension. Also includes an assessment of witness credibility in respect of David Warcup and others including Ian Le Marquand. Sets out a number of lessons to be learnt for the future and confirmation of his willingness to provide oral evidence to the Inquiry.
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