Police watchdog defends probe into Durham police commissioner

Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg.
Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg.

A police watchdog which led a probe into claims a Durham police boss wrongly claimed thousands of pounds of employee benefits says the allegations warranted ‘proper scrutiny’.

Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg was accused of accepting employee benefits he was not entitled to while serving with neighbouring Cleveland Police.

The Crown Prosecution Service ruled there was insufficient evidence to warrant a criminal charge after examining a report made by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

But the IPCC insist that its investigation was justified as the allegations were against a ‘holder of public office’.

The IPCC has released details of its report into Mr Hogg, which centred on the circumstances surrounding payments of £7,500 and £9,916.80 received by Mr Hogg from Cleveland Police Authority and his acquisition of a Range Rover at the time of his retirement in 2008.

An IPCC spokesperson said: “These were serious allegations against a holder of public office. Whenever public funds are used to reward holders of high office there needs to be proper scrutiny. It was important it was independently investigated. Our investigation has been thorough and identified no evidence that justified any criminal charges against Mr Hogg.”