Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick refuses to accept the report (Image: PA)
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Britain's top police officer has refused to accept the findings of a report that branded her force institutionally corrupt.
Dame Cressida Dick said she had no intention of resigning in the wake of the Daniel Morgan scandal after an eight year inquiry found she had put “hurdles” in their way.
Mr Morgan’s brother called for her to stand down after the publication of the £16 million damning dossier on the unsolved 1987 murder of the private investigator.
Led by Baroness Nuala O’Loan, the panel found the Met had put protecting its own reputation above revealing the truth about corruption and failings in the investigation.
The panel’s report said: “Concealing or denying failings, for the sake of the organisation’s public image, is dishonesty on the part of the organisation for reputational benefit and constitutes a form of institutional corruption.”
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Daniel John Morgan was a private investigator who was murdered in London in 1987
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The Met chief said on Wednesday: “I don’t believe we are institutionally corrupt. No, I don’t accept that.
“I have the deepest feelings for Daniel Morgan’s family. They have shown extraordinary grit and determination and courage.
“Yesterday, I apologised again to them for our failings and the fact that we have not brought anybody to justice despite six investigations and countless other reviews and pieces of work.
“And for the fact that, in so doing and along the way, we have clearly, we the Met, my force of which I’m very proud to be the Commissioner, we have caused them extra anguish.
“But I don’t accept that we are institutionally corrupt, no.”
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Dame Cressida was criticised in the 1,200-page document for having initially denied the panel access to the police HOLMES database as it investigated the case, but she has insisted the force had given the panel team “maximum co-operation”.
She said: “I didn’t obstruct their work. I set out with my team, who were well resourced, to ensure that we gave the panel maximum co-operation, and that we did full disclosure, as quickly as we could.
“I look back and know that I acted with integrity, and that I was at all times trying to fulfil my duty there to the family and to the panel.”
A string of police investigations and an inquest have failed to convict anyone of the killing or any associated corruption in protecting those responsible.
Dame Cressida was speaking after a former commissioner Lord Ian Blair backed her, saying she was “the finest officer of her generation”.
He said: “The allegation that the Met is institutionally corrupt is just not true.
“There is no evidence of systematic corruption in the Metropolitan Police.”