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The Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Sean Price, has been sacked after being found guilty of gross misconduct. A disciplinary hearing found he had lied to the police watchdog, and also tried to get a member of staff to lie for him.
Sean Price was being investigated over allegations he used undue influence to get a job for the daughter of his boss, the chairman of the police authority which oversees this force. He has been found guilty of lying about that, and getting a staff member to lie on his behalf.
There is a separate and unrelated investigation into alleged corruption called Operation Sacristy and Sean Price is currently on police bail in that inquiry. He faced 11 further allegations of professional misconduct as part of that inquiry, which he won't face, because he's no longer an officer.
Nicholas Long, Commissioner of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, said Sean Price almost got away with deceiving their investigation.
He told reporters that Mr Price had lied and put pressure on a member of staff to lie on his behalf.
Mr Long said the former Chief Constable used his position to order people to do as he wished and said his standards fell far below those expected of someone in his position.
The chair of Cleveland Police Authority says Sean Price let himself down.
Stuart Drummond told a press conference that the public needs to have complete trust in the police service at every level.
Sean Price, who has been dismissed as chief constable of Cleveland Police, was branded "shameful" by the police watchdog today after being found guilty of gross misconduct.
A disciplinary hearing concluded that Mr Price misled the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) by lying and by trying to get a member of staff to lie for him.
IPCC commissioner Nicholas Long said Mr Price believed his position meant he could order people to do as he wished, adding that his standards have fallen far below what would be expected.
He said: "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."
The former Chief Constable of Cleveland Police has released a statement saying he believes the Independent police Complaints Commission have come to an 'incorrect conclusion'
He added: "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.
Obvious hurdles were placed in the way of me being able to lay the full facts of this case before the panel."
Mr Price went on to give examples:
- At a directions hearing on 12.9.12, my lawyers asked that three witnesses should be called and the Chair of the panel agreed that in the interests of justice they should attend.
- None of the three prosecution witnesses attended, we were therefore denied the opportunity to cross examine them.
- In addition, two defence witnesses indicated that whilst in principle they would be prepared to give evidence, on legal advice they could not until the criminal investigation (Operation Sacristy) was completed.
- A main prosecution witness significantly changed their account of events, both before and during the hearing.
The MP for Stockton South, James Wharton, has said that the former Cleveland Police Chief Constable should 'face the consequences of his actions'.
It was announced this morning that Sean Price has been found guilty of gross misconduct. He is expected to be dismissed later today.
A new Chief Constable is expected to be elected by the Police and Crime Commissioner who will be elected on 15 November.
A disciniplinary hearing into the conduct of the Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Sean Price, is likely to report its verdict today.
Mr Price could be sacked if allegations of misconduct made against him have been proved by police investigators. Mr Price has denied the claims.
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Sean Price was found guilty on two counts, in connection with alleged attempts to influence the recruitment of a member of staff.