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Complaint against Chief Constable is partially upheld


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Following an investigation by North Yorkshire Police Professional Standards Department, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has partially upheld a complaint against the Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary. The complaint relates to the way in which an internal grievance was handled.

The investigation found that the Chief Constable should personally have done more to look into the issues contained within the grievance, and that not doing so constituted a case to answer for misconduct.

The three allegations on which the Chief Constable was found to have a case to answer relate to the Duties and Responsibilities professional standard. It was found the Chief Constable had no case to answer in relation to two allegations concerning the professional standards of Honesty and Integrity, Discreditable Conduct, and Challenging and Reporting Improper Conduct.

In response to the findings, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has given the Chief Constable words of advice, which he has accepted. He has ordered an investigation into some of the matters leading up to the original grievance, and accepted the other recommendations.

The Police and Crime Commissioner continues to have absolute confidence in the Chief Constable.
Posted on Tuesday 18th August 2015
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