source: The Justice Gap
published: June 2014
In the post Leveson days, when the upper echelons of the Met – and the police in general – had been dragged through the mill over links with the media, Lord Justice Leveson took the line that police officers should only blow the whistle within the police – despite the absolute commitment of Parliament to treat them as any other whistleblower some years before. Many saw this is as a dangerous suggestion.
The Leveson stance was immediately supported in late 2012 by the ACPO lead on media relations at the time, Andy Trotter, the now retired chief of the British Transport Police. ‘Most whistleblowers are airing grievances,’ said Trotter. ‘Most whistleblowing is internal gossip and attempts to embarrass others in the organisation.’
This prehistoric echo reminded some of us immediately of the attitudes uncovered by the Knapp Commission in New York, when Frank Serpico sat and gave evidence in the 1970s.