The former chief constable of Cleveland Police, Sean Price, who was sacked for gross misconduct said he will not face criminal charges. He had been under investigation as part of the Operation Sacristy inquiry into alleged corruption within the force.
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.