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Police chief faces misconduct probe

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North Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell

A chief constable is to face a hearing for gross misconduct in relation to a recruitment exercise conducted by his force, the police watchdog has said.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has concluded its investigation into allegations against North Yorkshire Police’s Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell and his deputy, Adam Briggs.

North Yorkshire’s two most senior police officers are to face disciplinary hearings over claims they cheated a recruitment process.

It is alleged the chief constable and his deputy tried to help relatives get a foot on the career ladder at the first stage of the recruitment process.

It follows an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission into job applications for new officers, which hit the headlines when thousands of people tried to phone the force to apply for 60 positions.

Mr Maxwell is thought to be the first UK chief constable in 35 years to face a disciplinary hearing. He is accused of gross misconduct for which the maximum penalty is dismissal.

His deputy faces a lesser charge of misconduct, with a final warning being a possible punishment if proven.

The IPCC said it had also concluded its management of an investigation by North Yorkshire Police’s Professional Standards Department into allegations against two members of police staff and a police constable in relation to the same recruitment exercise.

The two members of police staff faced a disciplinary hearing for gross misconduct over allegations they had used their position to circumvent the recruitment process for their own gain. Both were dismissed from the force. The watchdog said the police constable faced a misconduct meeting in relation to an allegation that he assisted police staff under his line management to circumvent the recruitment process. He was issued with a final written warning.

“The IPCC will not be in a position to publish its findings from the investigations until all misconduct matters are concluded,” a spokesman added.

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