Date set for police chief’s hearing

Sean Price
Sean Price

A MISCONDUCT hearing into a police chief will start next month.

The hearing for the Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Sean Price, is due to get under way on September 26 and could last for up to two weeks.

The hearing relates to allegations he used undue influence to appoint an individual to a position within the force and will be held in private.

An independent investigation was carried out by the Independent Police Complaints Commission and a report was submitted to Cleveland Police Authority.

The authority’s professional standards sub-committee met to consider the report and agreed with the IPCC’s recommendations that there was a case to answer for three matters in respect of potential gross misconduct and therefore referred the case to a misconduct hearing.

A further misconduct hearing for Chief Con Price relating to 11 matters in respect of gross misconduct is also due to be held in the coming months and seven matters in respect of gross misconduct have been deferred pending the outcome of the wider criminal investigation ongoing by Operation Sacristy.

Chief Con Price remains on police bail pending further inquiries in relation to Operation Sacristy and he remains suspended from duty.