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PCC and former Chief Constable call on head of police watchdog to publish QCs findings after independent investigation
Media statement  from Kathryn Holloway, Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, with the backing of her former Chief Constable (to the end of July 2019), Jon Boutcher.

"Since raising a formal complaint concerning Bedfordshire’s Inspector of Constabularies, HMI Zoe Billingham, on 10 July 2017, I have waited for more than two years for HMICFRS, the organisation which judges legitimacy and ethical behaviour in policing, to finally respond publicly. The Chief Inspector of Constabularies, Sir Tom Winsor, has now published his interpretation of events, which I do not recognise. Sir Tom engaged one of the most experienced QCs in the country to lead a lengthy independent investigation into my complaint; Mr Tom Kark (the former lead counsel to the Mid Staffordshire Inquiry, who has practised as a barrister for approximately 37 years). Yet instead of publishing Mr Kark QC’s independent report, Sir Tom has chosen instead to publish his own findings. 

Bedfordshire Police's former Chief Constable, Mr Jon Boutcher, also raised a formal complaint with HMICFRS concerning HMI Billingham and we are now calling on Sir Tom Winsor to publish the executive findings of Mr Kark QC’s independent report concerning both of our complaints.

We do not accept that sending HMI Billingham - a senior public official required by her Terms of Engagement to observe the Nolan Principles at all times - on a management course, is an appropriate sanction by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector in response to our complaints.

Jon Boutcher and I will now be inviting the Home Affairs Select Committee to review this matter and to consider Sir Tom’s handling of our complaints in the light of all of the evidence, together with the worrying lack of a transparent Complaints process at HMICFRS.”