I have today been notified that Dick Fedorcio, the Metropolitan Police Service Director of Public Affairs, has resigned. In July 2011 the IPCC received a referral from the Metropolitan Police Authority in relation Mr Fedorcio. We decided to independently investigate the relationship between Mr Fedorcio and Neil Wallis, a former deputy editor at the News of the World, focusing on the circumstances under which a contract for senior level media advice and support was awarded to Mr Wallis company, Chamy Media.
That investigation concluded and a report was sent to the MPS Directorate of Professional Standards on 10 January 2012. Our investigation found that Mr Fedorcio has a case to answer in relation to his procurement of the contract for Chamy Media. Last week the Metropolitan Police Service proposed to initiate proceedings for gross misconduct and I agreed with that proposal. In light of Mr Fedorcio's resignation today, those proceedings cannot now take place and I propose to publish our investigation report detailing our findings, in the next few days.– IPCC Deputy Chair, Deborah Glass