Cumbria Constabulary has confirmed that performance proceedings have been concluded into the competence of an officer’s performance in the initial investigation into the circumstances around the death of Poppi Worthington in December 2012.
The Constabulary made a self-referral to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) in June 2014 following concerns about the initial investigation into the death of Poppi Worthington.
A spokesman for Cumbria Police said: “This week performance proceedings were held in front of a panel, which was chaired by an independent senior officer from outside the Constabulary.
“The officer admitted that their actions, in relation to the initial investigation into the death of Poppi Worthington, amounted to Gross Incompetence.
“The panel also found the officers’ actions, in this case, amounted to Gross Incompetence.
“The panel determined an immediate reduction in rank from Detective Inspector to the rank of Sergeant.
“The Constabulary will now consider the role that the officer will undertake.”
The criminal investigation file is currently being reviewed by the Crown Prosecution Service, and they will determine whether there will be any charges in relation to Poppi’s death in due course.
Coronial proceedings are ongoing.