Police chief to face hearing

Sean Price
Sean Price

A POLICE chief is to face a misconduct hearing over allegations he used “undue influence” to appoint an individual to a position within Cleveland Police.

The Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Sean Price, is likely to go before an independent panel at the misconduct hearing within the next two months on an allegation he used influence in the appointment of former Cleveland Police Authority chairman Dave McCluckie’s daughter.

It follows an independent investigation carried out by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which submitted a report to Cleveland Police Authority (CPA).

A CPA statement said: “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 have therefore referred the case to a misconduct hearing.

“It is important to note that the investigator found no evidence to indicate that person concerned did anything untoward or inappropriate during the application, interview and recruitment process.”

The hearing is expected to be held in private and CPA has confirmed there are a number of potential outcomes.

They include no action, management advice, a written warning, a final written warning, exceptionally extend a final written warning or dismissal (with or without notice if misconduct, without notice if gross misconduct).

The allegations against Mr price, who is due to retire next march, are unconnected with the ongoing Operation Sacristy.