Cressida Dick, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, has confirmed that former police officers could face investigation following the leak of information about Damian Green. Neil Lewis and Bob Quick, both former police officers, gave public statements about investigations and they could face a probe by the Metropolitan Police.
“We have got the Cabinet Office inquiry and that must be allowed to run its course, we have been assisting with that but given what has happened in recent weeks my professional standards department will be reviewing the events and seeing how information has been handled and seeing whether anyone has committed any criminal offences in which case we will investigate them. We will go where the investigation takes us”.
It was reported that David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, said that he would resign if Damian Green was forced out on the allegations made by Lewis and Quick, and a number of MPs have expressed concerns about the behaviour of the former police officers.
Barry Gardiner, the Shadow International Trade Secretary said:
“I think the police officers who seem to have blown the gaff on this have behaved disgracefully”.
Tom Winsor, the Chief Inspector of Constabulary, also expressed concern:
“Such violations may have a chilling effect on the willingness of victims and witnesses to cooperate with the police, and that will be at the expense of public safety and justice. They should never occur”.