14/05/2007

Police officers face misconduct tribunal

Two police officers will face a misconduct tribunal following the Peter Woodhams stabbing investigation.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has decided that a Detective Sergeant and a Detective Constable involved in the Metropolitan Police Service investigation into the non-fatal stabbing of Peter Woodhams will face a misconduct tribunal.

Additionally, three MPS officers, two Police Sergeants and one Detective Sergeant, will receive written warnings and a Detective Constable will receive "advice" over failings in the investigation. A further three MPS officers have been cleared of wrongdoing but will be given guidance.

The IPCC conducted an independent investigation into the way the MPS investigated the stabbing of Peter Woodhams. The investigation examined the actions of the nine officers in relation to complaints received from Peter Woodhams' family after he was fatally shot in August 2006.

The IPCC decisions on misconduct agree with the recommendations put forward by the Metropolitan Police Service and Derbyshire Constabulary, to which one of the officers who will face a tribunal has since transferred.

IPCC Commissioner Deborah Glass said that the report contained a "number of lessons that the Metropolitan Police Service should learn from mistakes that were made when they were investigating the stabbing."

Mr Woodhams' family will be provided with a copy of the IPCC report following the conclusion of the misconduct tribunal.

(SP/KMcA)

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