Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Peter Power and the Director of Public Prosecutions

Peter Power

Dame Barbara Mills

According to the Dorset Echo in a September 2, 1993 article, Peter Power came under investigation around April 1993, and was suspended pending the outcome of an internal police probe dealing with claims of expenses on in-house meals. The report was reportedly given to the Director of Public Prosecutions, which would have been an Oxford graduate now named Dame Barbara Dean Lyon Mills.

In response to a Freedom of Information request, the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) respondent named Miss R. Baverstock of the Information Management Unit said that the report would not have been given to Barbara Mills, but instead to a prosecutor under her. In a September 5th article in the Echo, Deputy Chief Constable Tony Pointer defended the original decision to prosecute Peter Power, but the decision was overturned after looking further at Peter Power's medical reasons.

It was decided not to prosecute him because it was "not in the public interest", or as Peter put it, it would have been "absurd" to continue with prosecution. Miss Baverstock also claimed that his decision to resign from the police force was made before the court decided what to do with the case. He resigned in September 1993, based on medical reasons apparently related to the investigation.

Worthy of mention, it appears from Barbara Mills' page that she has a history of deciding not to prosecute cases that have sufficient evidence, and it is highly suspect that Peter Power went from the Met, down to Dorset Police, and into Crisis Management where he now appears on TV as a supposed expert. It appears now that there was nothing suspicious going on with the investigation into Power by the Dorset Police, though that does remain a possibility. Still, he has yet to provide any evidence of his involvement in any of the crisis situations listed in his biography.

For the more avid researchers out there, I would also like to point out that Peter Power is a member of the City of London's Guild of Freemen, a 3,500 member group that is considered a City of London Livery Company. Here is a complete list of the Livery Companies, from one of the companies, the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers.

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