The Independent Police Complaints Commissionâ€™s (IPCC) three independent investigations into allegations made by a whistleblower serving with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) are continuing but some officers have been told they are no longer under criminal or misconduct investigation.
Several interviews have been conducted and statements taken by IPCC investigators and a large volume of documents and emails have been examined since the investigations began in March 2014.
As a result of the work done to date the status of some officers under investigation has changed.
They include the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Sir Peter Fahy, who was served with a criminal and gross misconduct notice* over his role in an allegedly poorly-handled investigation into a suspected sex offender. That notice has now been withdrawn, which means Sir Peter is no longer under criminal or misconduct investigation.
Former Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney, who retired during the investigation, has also had his criminal and gross misconduct notice removed over his role in the same investigation.
And a retired officer has also been told he is no longer being investigated for his role in the investigation into the suspected sex offender.
A Detective Inspector and a Detective Superintendent remain under criminal and gross misconduct notice over their roles in the investigation into an alleged sex offender. A Detective Chief Inspector has been told he is no longer under criminal investigation but remains under gross misconduct notice.
The investigation into GMPâ€™s disposal of body parts belonging to the victims of serial killer Harold Shipman is continuing.
The third investigation into whether the actions of a Detective Chief Inspector put public safety at risk is continuing. Following enquiries made to date the IPCC is no longer investigating the deployment of a covert listening device having been satisfied that an investigation conducted into this by GMP was appropriate.