Hyde: 'I'd love to return as Cumbria force's deputy chief'
Last updated at 11:44, Thursday, 29 August 2013
The fate of Cumbria’s suspended chief constable is set to rest with the man who replaced him.
Stuart Hyde’s contract as temporary police chief ends tomorrow – and at that point his status becomes the responsibility of Bernard Lawson, currently leading the county force.
Mr Lawson, the deputy chief constable of Merseyside Police, was brought in after Mr Hyde was suspended on full pay last September over allegations levelled at him.
An investigation did not find evidence of misconduct.
But Cumbria’s crime commissioner Richard Rhodes, who currently has “jurisdiction” over Mr Hyde’s status, says there is a case to answer.
He has again suspended him and started a process that calls for Mr Hyde, eligible to step down after 30 years’ service, to retire or resign. Mr Hyde says he will fight this.
But in a separate development, Mr Hyde’s title reverts after tomorrow to that of deputy chief constable, the job he performed before taking the temporary chief constable role.
He has a contract in this position until April next year and in this role his status is the responsibility of the force.
Mr Hyde told the News & Star: “I would love to go back as deputy chief constable, providing a service to Cumbria Police.
“Nothing would please me more that to return to a senior policing role within the constabulary.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself working with the people of Cumbria and I would love to make a contribution to policing here.”
Mr Hyde also said he remained open to “any form of mediation”.
He added: “I await contact with Temporary Chief Constable Lawson and discussing with him how this whole process will progress.
“I do hope for the benefit of all parties that we can arrive at a suitable solution quickly.”
South Wales Police made 36 recommendations after their investigation – 12 relating to Mr Hyde, including suggestions he receive advice about his performance.
The other 23 were to the force and one for the Office of the Crime Commissioner, suggesting improvements to policies and procedures and the way they are monitored.
Mr Rhodes found there was sufficient evidence to suggest Mr Hyde:
- Breached the force’s anti-fraud and corruption procedure in respect of a register of gifts and hospitality;
- Breached force policies in relation to a corporate credit card and his use of social media;
- Had the potential to have acted in a manner lacking integrity that breached standards after using air miles accrued through his work for a trip to Tunisia.
Cumbrian MP Tim Farron has called for “concrete reassurances” from Mr Rhodes that “all necessary legal procedures have been followed to the letter” – and for him to show all evidence to an independent scrutiny panel.
Lee Sheriff, Labour’s prospective Parliamentary candidate in Carlisle for the next General Election, mentioned the controversy after nearly £700 of public cash was spent on trips to take Mr Rhodes to two evening engagements.
She said: “It was only a matter of weeks ago that the commissioner himself was facing calls for his own resignation. Richard Rhodes is calling for a completely different course of action to the recommendations made.
“Yet again, this highlights the issues associated with police commissioners, a position set up by this Tory-led Government.”
Celia Tibble, chair of the Cumbria Police and Crime Panel, said: “We’ll meet as soon as possible in the next month to scrutinise the recent developments.”
First published at 11:36, Thursday, 29 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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