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Jersey abuse review says Graham Power did correct job

Graham Power: Pic Jersey Police
Graham Power was suspended from duty in November 2008

A review done early in Jersey's historic child abuse inquiry suggests the island's police chief handled his role in the investigation correctly.

The 2008 report, the first of three reviews by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), has recently been made public on an internet blog.

It suggested Graham Power should keep a "safety zone" between politicians and police work, which it said he did.

But Mr Power was later suspended over the way he handled the inquiry.

'Historic abuse'

In 2006, the States of Jersey police began investigating abuse claims at children's institutions and in private homes dating from the early 1960s to the 1980s.

An advice team from ACPO came to Jersey in early 2008 to review the police operation. It came up with 27 recommendations.

These included the running of meetings, the way the crime scene was managed, and how police liaised with victims and witnesses.

The initial report, made public by Senator Stuart Syvret online, also looked at the role of Jersey's chief police officer in the investigation.

'Advisory role'

It found that, as advised, other than from a supervisory and responsibility standpoint, Mr Power was not involved in the actual investigation.

He was responsible for matters of a political nature, or in an advisory capacity, to the chief minister and other politicians.

But later in 2008 Mr Power was suspended over allegations he mishandled the historic abuse investigation. A separate review into the historic abuse inquiry is currently being undertaken by Wiltshire Police.

A Jersey police spokesperson told BBC Jersey: "The most recent posting on Senator Syrvet's blog is clearly relevant to the Wiltshire inquiry.

"While this is ongoing, the States of Jersey Police will not comment on the content of the blog".

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