Statement on a 2008 investigation by the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit and Nottinghamshire Police
20 July 2012
WEST Midlands Police are aware of reports in the media which highlighted a complaint lodged by a witness who was part of a Counter Terrorism Unit investigation during 2008.
The implications of these reports are being taken very seriously.
Senior officers from West Midlands Police and Nottinghamshire Police held a meeting yesterday to address issues that were raised in the article and also following concerns raised by the community.
The original complaint by Dr Rod Thornton was conducted by the Professional Standards department of West Midlands Police.
Officers from another force will now look into how the investigation was carried out by the Professional Standards department, as well as an additional complaint made separately to Nottinghamshire Police. Their independent findings will be published.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has supported this action.
Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Rowe, of West Midlands Police, said: "West Midlands Police works to the highest standards of openness and transparency and we will vigorously support the investigation by another force".
Assistant Chief Constable Sue Fish, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "It is important that the public have absolute trust and confidence in the way police complaints are investigated. Nottinghamshire Police will fully support the force during its investigation."