Statement: Alleged Payments to Police Officers

07 July 2011

New Scotland Yard

The MPS met the IPCC on 22 June to inform them and discuss the content of documents provided by News International on 20 June containing information relating to alleged inappropriate payments to a small number of MPS officers.

At that time it was agreed that the MPS would conduct the investigation and if, or when, any officers were identified the cases would be referred to the IPCC.

However, in view of the significant public and political concern expressed following the publication of this information the MPS has today, Thursday 7 July, made a formal referral to the IPCC.

MPS Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers, said: "We recognised the gravity of this case from the outset and involved the IPCC at the first opportunity. I strongly believe in and welcome independent oversight, especially in a case such as this, where public confidence in the police is seriously at risk."