Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis has taken the important step in the public interest of publishing his correspondence with the IPCC around the investigation into the historic Kevin Nunes murder.
Mr Ellis was tasked in his role as PCC to determine whether Staffordshire’s Temporary Chief Constable should appear before a disciplinary panel to answer allegations of gross misconduct or misconduct, as part of the IPCC investigation into the case.
He had committed in the interests of openness and transparency to publishing his letters to the IPCC in respect of this matter alongside their investigation report into the Nunes murder, which took place in 2002. But publication by the IPCC has been repeatedly delayed.
Mr Ellis said today:
‘My second meeting in 2013, soon after taking Office as Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, was with the IPCC relating to the Kalmia case.
‘Back then the IPCC had already been working on the original complaint for four years and I’m dumbfounded that this case has still not been concluded.
‘It has cost the public purse many millions of pounds and despite that, and the time taken, nobody is being held to account for historic failures. The principle of justice has not been well served and the system is poorer for it.
‘My decision to make public now the papers and correspondence I own the copyright to, is broadly frustration and my determination to practice what I have always preached, namely openness and transparency.
‘I have postponed publication several times over recent months, because the IPCC postponed their publication of the papers and reports.
‘Whilst I know the papers I have published are a small piece of a complex jigsaw, it is the right thing to do.
‘Enough is enough in my view and I encourage the IPCC to follow suit.’
The documents can be accessed here: