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28 June 2013, 14:21
An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has concluded that nine Hampshire Constabulary officers have a case to answer for misconduct.
In April last year the IPCC began an investigation into how the force handled an allegation that Jamie Dack had been assaulted in the weeks before his body was found on Sunday, 8 April 2012.
IPCC investigators also examined how Hampshire Constabulary progressed reports from members of the public that Jamie was missing two days before he was discovered in a bin on Empress Road Industrial Estate, Southampton.
The IPCC investigation concluded in March but publication of the findings has awaited the outcome of criminal proceedings at Winchester Crown Court.
IPCC investigators concluded the officers, two inspectors, four sergeants, two police constables and a member of police staff had a case to answer following individual failings when dealing with either Jamie’s assault or progressing information that he was a missing person. They have received management action from Hampshire Constabulary.
Hampshire Constabulary has decided that another officer, a police constable, will attend a misconduct meeting following failings in the investigation into Jamie’s assault.
IPCC Commissioner Mike Franklin said:
“Jamie’s family have had to listen to harrowing details of his murder and once again my thoughts and sympathies are with them at this truly difficult time.
“Our investigation identified a catalogue of basic failings by Hampshire Constabulary in their dealing with Jamie as a victim of crime and also when he was reported missing just two days before his body was discovered.
“Hampshire Constabulary has already taken action in response to the issues highlighted in our report.”