Statement from Tony Lloyd following today’s IPCC announcement concerning Greater Manchester Police.
“It is clear that these are serious allegations which must be investigated thoroughly by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) as the appropriate independent investigatory body.
“As Police and Crime Commissioner, I do not have statutory investigatory power – that power must lie with the IPCC. I would stress that the IPCC is only at the beginning of its investigation into these allegations.
“It is my role to consider what action, if any, should be taken with regard to the Chief Constable during the course of the investigation. I have taken independent legal advice from a senior QC with expertise in this area. Nothing has been placed before me at this time by the IPCC which would make me consider the position of the Chief Constable.
“I have asked the IPCC to update me regularly on the progress of the investigation and I will keep this decision under review.
“I understand that this investigation will cause uncertainty and will be of concern to the people of Greater Manchester. That is why the IPCC must conduct its investigation both thoroughly and speedily.”
Tony Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner