Cops Busted For Missing Key Evidence

( – Two British cops are being harshly criticized over their failures to properly investigate complaints of sexual abuse made by citizens regarding convicted serial rapist and former police officer David Carrick.

Inspector David Tippetts was a sergeant in 2016 when Carrick was initially accused of abuse. A woman made a complaint to the department which was investigated by Pc Fisher who suggested the case be closed to her superior, then-Sergeant Tippetts. He agreed.

Investigators found that Pc Fisher logged an entry in their police database saying that the complaint had been investigated previously, but crucially it hadn’t. There wasn’t any record of a prior investigation in the system. Neither Pc Fisher nor Tippetts actually checked to see if there were prior complaints and investigations regarding Carrick, and had they checked, they would have found several.

There was even a concurrent complaint that came just three days prior to this one. He was already being scrutinized by internal police investigators for unrelated offenses against another woman.

The officers also failed to involve the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards, despite the allegation of serious wrongdoing and they failed to tap their own Professional Standards Department regarding proper protocol, which they did not follow.

Investigators confirmed with unrelated departments that these practices are standard when complaints of serious wrongdoing are made against a British police officer. They said that additional interviews with the complainant would have occurred and they would have offered her the opportunity to participate and testify if she wished to do so.

Carrick was sentenced in February for 49 sex crimes, including 24 rapes and other violent offenses. He’ll be behind bars for 30 years.

Tippetts and Pc Fisher will have a final warning placed in their records for failure to follow protocol and follow up on their investigations. This was after they endured a hearing themselves for gross misconduct and violating standard practices. The written warnings were the outcome of those hearings and they’ll remain on file for two years before expiring.

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