Chief constable Stuart Hyde 'shocked and surprised' by retire or resign decision
Last updated at 15:29, Tuesday, 27 August 2013
Surprise and shock. That is Stuart Hyde's reaction to the decision by Cumbria's police and crime commissioner to ask him to retire or resign.
Earlier today, Richard Rhodes again blocked the temporary chief constable's return to work despite a police investigation into Mr Hyde's conduct clearing him of gross misconduct, misconduct and criminality.
Commissioner Richard Rhodes appears to have dismissed those report findings.
He has suspended Mr Hyde - who earns £130,000 a year and was initially suspended on full pay last September - with the intention of forcing him to retire or resign.
In a detailed statement, Mr Hyde says he is surprised at how the police investigation is now being used to try and remove him from office and that he is willing to mediate and find a mutually acceptable solution.
"It has come as a shock to me and I am very surprised by the fact that, as a result of the investigation findings, the PCC has lifted my suspension and then immediately re-suspended me and he is attempting to remove me from office under the same facts, which the investigation clearly stated found no evidence of misconduct.
"I will have to challenge this process in the light of the investigation, as I and my legal team consider it to be disproportionate and not in the best interests of Cumbria Constabulary," he says.
Mr Hyde adds it is a "terrible waste of public money" to keep him away from work.
Reiterating his desire to return, he says he remains absolutely clear that he wants to "serve the people of Cumbria to the best of my ability."
"If I considered that the evidence found in the investigation justified
the view that I was no longer fit to be a senior police officer I would have retired immediately. I do not believe that view is representative of the findings."
Mr Hyde adds he is open to any form of mediation with Mr Rhodes or stand-in chief constable Bernard Lawson.
"I think it is right that having served for nearly 30 years unblemished service that I defend myself against what I consider to be an unfair and unnecessary process," he said.
In his statement (you can read it in full here), Mr Hyde, in response to points raised by the commissioner, says:
- he has repeatedly asked to be allowed to return to work in some capacity, including outside the force on national issues
- he remains committed to visible engaged community policing
- he has been happy to give up his own time to work with charities
- his use of social media network Twitter is the "norm" among chief constables
- working away from the force is a feature of most dedicated chief constables
- he has always "promptly reimbursed every penny if I have used the [force credit] card for a non-policing purpose"
- he is pleased no evidence of misconduct was found by the investigating team
Mr Hyde said in June that he had no plans to retire this autumn even though he was eligible to step down after 30 years’ service, adding his main priority was still to clear his name.
He added his commitment to policing and Cumbria was undiminished and he hoped "to return to serving its communities within the near future."
The Independent Police Complaints Commission said in October that the allegations against him did not amount to serious misconduct but some matters may require investigation. An inquiry was then carried out by South Wales Police.
Mr Rhodes had renewed the suspension every month, saying he should stay away from duty while investigations continued.
Cumbria’s policing funds are bearing the cost of his temporary replacement, Bernard Lawson, the deputy chief constable of Merseyside, who is on the same salary as Mr Hyde.
First published at 14:49, Tuesday, 27 August 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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@John Hyde. Remember the big difference between your brother and Rhodes. People RESPECT your brother!
Perhaps it is time for the news and star to do a poll as to whether Richard Rhodes should retire or not. He has wasted too much time and public money and has too little public support to continue. I think it's time for a taxi ( or chauffeur driven car if preferred ) for Rhodes.
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