Police chiefs to appear at misconduct hearing

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CLEVELAND Police Chief Constable Sean Price and Deputy Chief Constable Derek Bonnard are to face a total of 17 misconduct allegations between them at professional standards hearings in the coming months.

A further nine allegations between them will be deferred pending the outcome of a separate criminal investigation.

Matters were initially referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) in August last year and a managed investigation was launched.

Further allegations were added as the investigation progressed.

The investigation report was submitted to Cleveland Police Authority earlier this month and it then became a matter for the police authority to determine what the next steps would be, with the agreement of the IPCC.

The authority’s Professional Standards Sub-Panel met on Monday to consider the report and agreed with the investigator’s recommendations that there was a case to answer for eighteen matters in respect of gross misconduct for Mr Price, and eight matters in respect of gross misconduct for Mr Bonnard.

Eleven matters will be referred to a misconduct hearing for Mr Price, and seven matters will be deferred pending the outcome of the wider criminal investigation ongoing by Operation Sacristy.

Six matters will be referred to a misconduct hearing for Mr Bonnard, and two matters will be deferred, one pending the outcome of the wider criminal investigation ongoing by Operation Sacristy and the other pending further information from the Sacristy team.

The two misconduct hearings will be run separately and it is hoped that hearings will start within the next two months.

Both Mr Price and Mr Bonnard remain suspended.