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'Difficult decisions' for new Chief Constable

The man responsible for appointing Cumbria's new Chief Constable has told Lookaround that whoever gets the top job will face some difficult decisions.

Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes says spending cuts will mean the force will have to recruit fewer officers. He says the post, which was advertised this week, will be a challenging one.

Katie Hunter reports.

New chief constable will have a 'challenging job'

The man in charge of hiring Cumbria's new chief constable says spending cuts mean the force will recruit fewer police officers.

The successful candidate will have an annual budget of £112 million and be responsible for cutting crime across the county.

Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes says it will be a challenging job.

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New chief will have fewer staff to cut crime

Cumbria Police's new chief constable will be expected to cut crime with fewer staff when he, or she, takes over the role in the summer.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes, has said the force will have to recruit fewer officers in order to save £10million by 2017.

Despite this, the new police chief will make between £118,209 and £144,478. The top end of the pay scale is more than the Prime Minister's annual salary.

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"New matter" in relation to suspension of Cumbria's Temporary Chief Constable

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria, Richard Rhodes, has said that a new matter has arisen as a result of recent developments in relation to the suspension of Cumbria's Temporary Chief Constable, Stuart Hyde.

Mr Hyde was suspended in September 2012 following allegations of serious misconduct.

“As a result of recent developments in the South Wales Police investigation it has been necessary to refer a new matter about Mr Hyde to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for their consideration in accordance with the Police Reform Act 2002.

“The IPCC have considered the referral and is content for South Wales Police to continue investigating the matter.

"The IPCC has asked that any further significant developments be reported to them.

“It would be inappropriate for a Police and Crime Commissioner to be seen to be trying to influence any aspect of the police investigation into concerns about the standards of Stuart Hyde’s professional behaviour in his activities whilst at Cumbria Constabulary.

“The allegations against Temporary Chief Constable Hyde must be addressed in an appropriate manner and following the process set out in the legislative scheme.”

– Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria