Cleveland Police chief sacked

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.

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Price 'persuaded a member of staff to lie'

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."

The comments appeared in a Cleveland Police statement confirming the dismissal of its chief constable.

Cleveland Police: Sean Price behaviour 'unacceptable'

As a police officer, and particularly as a chief constable, Sean Price's behaviour and attitude over this matter was completely unacceptable and the sanction imposed is wholly appropriate.

His actions have seriously undermined his reputation and his credibility.

I am pleased that the witnesses in this process have found the courage and strength to make a stand and challenge the most senior person in the force.

– Stuart Drummond, Chair of Cleveland Police Authority

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Price misconduct hearing shelved

Cleveland Police chief Sean Price faced 11 other misconduct allegations Credit: PA

A further misconduct hearing for sacked chief constable Sean Price relating to 11 other gross misconduct allegations will no longer take place, Cleveland Police Authority said.

However, Price remains on police bail pending further inquiries in relation to Operation Sacristy, a wide-ranging inquiry into alleged police misconduct.

IPCC slams 'bully' Price

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.

– IPCC Commissioner Nicholas Long

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Cleveland Police chief Sean Price will fight dismissal

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...

– Sean Price

Police chief to be sacked over corruption

Sean Price is understood to have been found guilty of gross misconduct. Credit: PA

A chief constable accused of using his influence to recruit the daughter of a high-ranking former colleague is to be sacked.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission will disclose the outcome of an investigation into the conduct of Sean Price, the suspended chief of Cleveland Police, on Friday.

An internal disciplinary hearing concluded on Thursday night, and it is understood Price has been found guilty of gross misconduct.

He was investigated following allegations about his role in recruiting the daughter of the former police authority chairman, Dave McLuckie, to a civilian post.

It was claimed Price used "undue influence" to get her the job.

Mr Price has also been investigated for criminal matters as part of the wide-ranging Operation Sacristy inquiry into alleged police misconduct.

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