Daniel Morgan was murdered in south London in 1987. Since then there have been six extensive enquiries to identify those responsible.
Between 1987 and 2011, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and other forces arrested 67 people in connection with the murder. Eight of those arrested had been police officers. Sadly, no one has yet been brought to justice for Daniel Morgan’s murder.
The Daniel Morgan Independent Panel
In 2013, the then Home Secretary announced the creation of an independent panel to “review how police corruption affected the handling of the murder inquiry and how Mr Morgan’s family were treated by the police and criminal justice system.”
The Daniel Morgan Independent Panel (DMIP) published its final report in June 2021. This included nine recommendations directly relevant to the MPS.
We are setting out our response to the recommendations of the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel today (18 March).
The Panel’s report was lengthy, detailed and at times highly critical of the Metropolitan Police Service. It made nine recommendations directly relevant to us.
As a police service we are committed to continuously learning and improving. We accept every recommendation and have been working to address them.
While the Met has improved significantly from the service it was 35 years ago, that in no way brings consolation to Daniel’s family who have been badly let down.
The fact that his murder remains unsolved is a matter of deep regret. We remain committed to getting justice for his family.
We accept that corruption was a major factor in the failings of the first investigation, but we do not accept that we are institutionally corrupt as has been suggested.
Nevertheless, we accept some officers may be vulnerable to corruption.
The Met is working hard to root out corruption. We don’t want corrupt officers and our Anti-Corruption Command is finding these individuals, investigating them and clearing them out.
Our highly-trained officers lead in this field and have taken a key role in helping to develop a national counter corruption strategy.
The investigation of serious crime is unrecognisable to three decades ago with professional investigators working to the highest national standards.
We are the only police service to work with a community panel that reviews live investigations in cases where all lines of enquiry have been exhausted.
Our support for families is completely transformed. Family Liaison Officers are specially trained in order to do their important roles professionally and compassionately.
We won’t stop there. We are going to boost our detective numbers, we have improved training for them and we are further investing in forensic services.
Officers are also receiving refreshed training, improved guidance and clear directions for the handling of sensitive information.
When it comes to independent inquiries into our work, we have improved and formalised our support and expectations on how we work with them.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Barbara Gray, who leads the response to the report, said: “There is undoubtedly more to do but Londoners should be reassured by our work to address this report.
“We will use our response to these recommendations, as well as our commitments to build trust and confidence more generally, to be the police service that London deserves.”
Steps taken by the MPS
In response to the recommendations, the MPS has taken a number of steps, including:
Changed policy to ensure processes allow the Commander of Specialist Crime to assess potential conflict of interest in the case of any retired officers or Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) returning as a civilian member of police staff.
Reviewed 547 investigations that had been conducted over a three-year period and concluded there are no instances when the SIO is on secondment to, or employed by, another agency.
Reviewed the current family liaison protocols. The Independent Panel report highlighted concerns regarding the relationship a senior officer had with the Morgan family. All family liaison officers (FLOs) are properly trained and accredited under nationally agreed standards.
All 337 FLO homicide-related deployments from January 2021 to October 2021 were reviewed. No examples of an officer performing the dual role of SIO and FLO were identified. A further dip sample was then completed of 1,129 FLO deployments which took place between Jan 2016 and Jan 2021 – a total of around 60 deployments. No examples of an officer performing the dual role of SIO and FLO were identified.
We have produced new guidance for officers and staff when dealing with a data breach supporting them to understand the recovery options available including recovery by agreement and recovery by court action.
Daniel Morgan was murdered in south London in 1987. Those who are responsible have managed to escape justice, for now.
Thousands of lines of inquiry have been pursued and six extensive investigations conducted. There have been numerous independent assessments and five forensic reviews.
We have not given up on this case. There still remains a possibility of solving this murder. Our work to make that happen will not stop no matter how much time passes.
A new forensic review of evidence linked to this case has been commissioned.
In other cases significant advances in DNA and forensic technology have led to new and compelling evidence coming to light and successful convictions.
We also know there are people who hold vital information who have been unable for whatever reason to pass that to us.
There is a £50,000 cash reward for information leading to the successful prosecution of those responsible for the murder. This is one of the largest rewards ever made available by a UK police service.
We would urge anyone with information about those responsible for Daniel’s murder to come forward and call our dedicated information line on 0207 1614 643 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.