Posted on 16:21:00 on 15th January 2018
Chief Constable Jerry Graham said:
"During this inquest the Coroner has heard evidence from a number of witnesses and much of the evidence presented has made for uncomfortable listening for the Constabulary.
"I have previously put on record my sincere apologies to Poppi’s family for the deficiencies in the initial police investigation. I would like to reinforce this heartfelt apology again today. Poppi and her family deserved a better standard of investigation than the one that was conducted five years ago.
"It is clear that the initial investigation surrounding Poppi’s death launched in 2012 has done little to assist the Coroner in coming to a conclusion on how Poppi died. I greatly regret this.
"I have previously accepted the justifiable criticism that has been directed at the Constabulary. I will consider the detail of the Coroner's conclusion and his comments today and we will be having an early discussion with the Crown Prosecution Service in order to determine possible courses of action.
"As Chief Constable I would like to reassure the public and the Coroner that in the five years since Poppi’s death an enormous amount of work has been undertaken within Cumbria Constabulary to understand what went wrong and to put it right.
"This work has been recognised by our independent inspectorate, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary & Fire and Rescue Services, which has identified the good progress that has been made to our capability to undertake complex crime investigations.
"However, the Constabulary is not complacent and we will continue to work hard to keep people safe and investigate crime effectively."