Cumbria Police Authority have released a statement regarding the decision of the IPCC that it does not need to be involved in the investigation into the suspension of Cumbria's temporary Chief Constable Stuart Hyde.
The IPCC has passed the investigation back to Cumbria Police Authority who say they are going to appoint an independent Chief Constable to lead the investigation.The statement is as follows:
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has referred the allegations of misconduct made against Temporary Chief Constable Stuart Hyde back to Cumbria Police Authority for further consideration.
Last month, the Police Authority referred a number of allegations to the IPCC relating to a potential breach in the standards of Stuart Hyde’s professional behaviour in his activities as Temporary Chief Constable.
On Thursday September 13th, Temporary Chief Constable Hyde was suspended from duty and the matter was referred to the IPCC as per proper protocol.
The Authority met today, Tuesday 9th October, where it was agreed that it will now refer matters to an independent Constabulary for further investigation.
The Authority will now liaise with HMIC to request that a Chief Constable from another Constabulary lead these further enquiries.
The Authority takes all allegations against any police officer seriously and must address these allegations in an appropriate manner.
It is important to stress that suspension does not imply guilt. It is a neutral act that will enable a full and thorough investigation to take place.
Temporary Chief Constable Hyde will remain suspended and Bernard Lawson will continue in his role as temporary Chief Constable.
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