Full police report into Stuart Hyde case to be released
Last updated at 12:02, Tuesday, 15 October 2013
The full police report into the case of police chief Stuart Hyde is poised to be released to the public.
Cumbria’s crime commissioner Richard Rhodes is set to issue the findings of an investigation carried out after the county’s former top officer was suspended over allegations levelled at him.
This includes statements from about 50 witnesses – but names could be blanked out to protect those involved.
Mr Hyde was taken off duty as temporary chief constable and remained suspended for 12 months but the investigation by South Wales Police did not find evidence of misconduct.
However, Mr Rhodes said there was a case to answer.
The matter was taken out of his hands when Mr Hyde’s contract to be temporary chief constable came to an end and he has since returned to work in his previous role of deputy chief constable.
Mr Rhodes discussed the case at a meeting of the committee that scrutinises his work yesterday. Some of the discussions were held in public while others took place behind closed doors.
The commissioner described the case as “an inherited problem” – Mr Hyde was suspended by the governing body he replaced.
Mr Rhodes said he did not disagree that it had taken too long.
But he added he had been aiming to “secure effective and efficient policing”, ensure police chiefs had “stability and continuity” and “ensure where possible that Mr Hyde was dealt with in a fair manner”.
“At no point in the process were the proceedings subject to legal action or judicial review,” he told members of the Cumbria Police and Crime Panel.
“The overall process is still live and active because of the undertaking that I’d given for all the documentation to be made public.”
After behind-closed-doors discussions, Celia Tibble, chairwoman of the panel, said “in general” there was “broad support” for Mr Rhodes’ actions.
The meeting was held at Allerdale House in Workington.
First published at 11:53, Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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Stuart Hyde has been cleared of gross misconduct, misconduct and any criminal misconduct. Isn't that enough for Mr Rhodes? However, I'd be very interested to know if anyone who made unsubstantiated allegations against the former TCC is to be investigated with the same rigour that Mr Hyde had to endure? If not, why not?
The Independent Police Complaints Commission had already cleared Mr Hyde of gross misconduct. As High ranking Police Officers are transferred to the IPCC for six months at a time, they aren't really Independent. By involving South Wales Constabulary when the IPCC had cleared Mr Hyde, Rhodes effectively used the childhood ploy of playing one parent against the other to try for a different answer. "If Mum says no, ask Dad, he'll probably say yes"
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