Stuart Hyde to return as Deputy Chief Constable

Cumbria's suspended temporary Chief Constable Stuart Hyde will return to work as Deputy Chief Constable on 9th September.

The announcement came from the temporary Chief Constable, Bernard Lawson who released the following statement:

“Following the publication last week of the Executive Summary into the conduct investigation and suspension of Temporary Chief Constable, Stuart Hyde, the Constabulary has had a great deal of information to digest and decisions to take in a relatively short space of time.

“This has been a difficult time for all concerned and I would like to pay tribute to the patience and understanding shown by the Constabulary’s workforce during this time and also to the public of Cumbria, who I know simply want us to focus on keeping the county as safe and as free from crime as possible.

“On Friday, 30th August 2013, Stuart Hyde’s contract as Temporary Chief Constable expired which meant he reverted back to Deputy Chief Constable and therefore under the responsibility of the Office of the Chief Constable.

“The role comes with considerable legislative powers, operational independence and the overall responsibility for the Constabulary including direct management of all Chief Officers, including the Deputy Chief Constable.

“The role of Deputy Chief Constable is different and greater controls can be used by the Chief Constable in dealing with any performance issues.

“Having very carefully considered the findings of the independent Executive Summary, I have concluded that whilst Mr Hyde’s behaviour did fall short of what the police service and the public should demand from a senior public servant, I do believe that in his role as Deputy Chief Constable, Mr Hyde should return to work, albeit under a detailed plan to ensure lessons are learnt from what has been identified during the investigation.

"Mr Hyde has agreed that he has learnt a great deal from the experience and accepts the recommended management advice.”

– Bernard Lawson, Temporary Chief Constable, Cumbria Constabulary

Mr Lawson also noted that Mr Hyde indicated that he intended to retire from 31st December 2013.

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Stuart Hyde to return to work

Cumbria's suspended temporary Chief Constable Stuart Hyde will return to work as Deputy Chief Constable on 9th September.