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Digital copy of the Witness Statement of Wendy Kinnard to the Inquiry providing an account of her experiences as Minister for Home Affairs from 2005 until 21 October 2008. [Some details redacted].
January 5th 2016 - January 5th 2016
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Provides background information including an overview of her role, responsibilities and portfolio as Minister of Home Affairs from 2005 until 21 October 2008. Provides details of her political background between 1996 and 2005. Refers to: time as Vice-President and later President of the Legislation Committee between 1996 and 2002 including recollections of the establishment of the Children's Executive; role on the Health and Social Services Committee; and oversight of HMP La Moye as Minister for Home Affairs. Also refers to the oversight of the Police as Minister for Home Affairs, commenting on issues including the operational independence of the Police, the separation of powers and accountability. Sets out details of challenges in progressing social legislation in respect of delays to a Sex Offenders Law. Refers to an increase in the number of complaints of historic abuse, referring to the emergence of allegations of abuse at Haut de la Garenne in 2004. Includes comments about alleged police corruption involving individuals such as Roy Boschat and refers to concerns about past abuse investigations in respect of Roger Holland and[Andrew] Jervis-Dykes. Includes feedback on the Williamson Review and discusses her removal as spokesperson for the Corporate Parent. Refers to the commencement of Operation Rectangle during the period 2004 to 2007, setting out details of significant events leading up to the launch of Operation Rectangle in 2007. Sets out details of further developments in August 2007, referring to the absence of a Gold Group. Describes disagreement between the States of Jersey Police and Health and Social Services over a child protection issue and refers to concerns raised by Senator Stuart Syvret in July and August 2007 about a Serious Case Review involving a young boy who had been sexually abused by two men. Refers to Senator Syvret's removal from the Council of Ministers and sets out details of a Council of Ministers briefing in November 2007. Sets out details of advice from external agencies in relation to the political oversight of the police enquiry into historical child abuse. Includes comments about the Operation Rectangle investigation team including remarks about Lenny Harper and Graham Power. Includes comments about the period between February to March 2008 referring to the establishment of an Emergency Co-ordination Political Group and the first find at Haut de la Garenne. Describes political interference in operational matters during the period March to May 2008 and includes comments about the handover of political oversight of Operation Rectangle to Deputy Andrew Lewis in May 2008, setting out details of a meeting on 23 May 2008 and advice from the Solicitor General on matters of conflict. Includes comments about political criticism of Operation Rectangle, including in relation to the financial management of Operation Rectangle. Describes a shift in attitude of her colleagues towards Lenny Harper. Sets out details of events between her decision to handover political oversight of Operation Rectangle in May 2008 and the suspension of the Graham Power (Chief Officer of Police) in November 2008, including her resignation. Includes details of: a meeting with the Chief Minister on 15 October 2008; a Council of Ministers meeting on 16 October 2008; a meeting with Andrew Lewis on 18 October 2008; and her resignation letter on 20 October 2008. Also includes comments about Police Complaints and Discipline in respect of the Deputy Chief of Police, the disciplinary code for the Chief Officer of Police and the plan to suspend the Chief Officer. Includes comments about prosecutions following Operation Rectangle and the attitude to children and youth offending in Jersey. Sets out details of the strategy of Early Intervention as recommended by the Home Affairs Criminal Justice Policy and outlines alternatives to custody for young offenders in the Criminal Justice Policy, referring to the Parish Hall Enquiry, voluntary supervision, Pit Stop scheme, restorative justice, an Arrest Referral Worker, community sentences, a Court Liaison Officer and anti-social behaviour. Sets out recommendations for the future relating to: the separation of powers; policy compliance; an independent children's ombudsman; external monitoring; effective top level joined-up approach; risk analysis; corroboration; adverse inference; police questioning; committal process; and failure to report. Also sets out a number of political lessons.
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