New name in race for police job

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AN ex-Cleveland Police officer who was awarded more than £800,000 in compensation from his force after he was wrongfully sent to prison has announced he will stand for election as its Police and Crime Commissioner.

Sultan is set to stand for election in November for the new Police and Crime Commissioner for the force, which runs policing in Hartlepool.

Mr Alam’s life was ruined by a malicious prosecution brought by Cleveland Police colleagues which saw him jailed for handling stolen goods in 1996.

He served half of his 18-month sentence behind bars and, once free, began a lengthy battle to clear his name while working as a taxi driver.

In 2007 he was cleared by the Court of Appeal and in April this year Leeds County Court ruled he will receive more than £800,000 in compensation.

The commissioner will have the power to appoint chief constables and to call on them to retire or resign.

Their responsibilities include holding the chief constable to account, securing the maintenance of an efficient and effective force, setting the police precept and budget and producing a police and crime plan.