The chief constable of Cleveland Police who used his influence to recruit the daughter of a high-ranking former colleague has been sacked. The Independent Police Complaints Commission has found him guilty of gross misconduct.
A disgraced police chief was sacked after two counts of gross misconduct were upheld at a disciplinary hearing.
Delivering the judgement, Joanna Greenberg QC said: "The most serious allegation found proved against Mr Price is that he persuaded a member of staff to lie in the course of an investigation into his alleged misconduct. As such he was seeking to pervert the course of justice."
Sacked Cleveland Police chief Sean Price has been branded a 'bully' by the Independent Police Complaints Commission:
He almost got away with his attempted deception. However, the member of staff in question showed great integrity and courage in refusing to be bullied...
Mr Price appeared to think his position as Chief Constable gave him the power to order people to do as he wished. He has attempted to intimidate and bully staff under his leadership and mislead an independent investigation.
He has failed at that - and most significantly he has failed the police officers and staff he led, the police service as a whole and the public of Cleveland.
Cleveland Police chief constable Sean Price has been sacked after an Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation.
"Sean Price's attempts to mislead the IPCC investigation by lying and putting pressure on a member of staff to lie on his behalf were shameful," IPCC Commissioner Nicholas Long said in a strongly worded statement.
A chief constable sacked by Cleveland Police for gross misconduct said he will continue a legal claim that he was unlawfully arrested and detained.
When the judgment was delivered and I was offered the chance to put forward mitigation I declined - the panel was mistaken in their finding and I could not seek to argue for a lesser punishment for something I haven't done.
I will therefore be discussing with my lawyers over the next few days how this can be addressed.
Whilst the burden of proof at misconduct hearings is of a lower standard, I am still perplexed as to why a misconduct panel could have found against me in the light of the evidence presented...