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Shamed 'Boobgate' cop resigns from force

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A shamed senior police officer who bared her breast during a drunken rant against a junior colleague has resigned from the force.

Former Assistant Chief Constable Rebekah Sutcliffe, 49, was given a final written warning after being found guilty of gross misconduct by Greater Manchester Police.

But now she has quit and landed a new job with Oldham Council with an advertised salary of £122,000 a year.

In November 2016, Ms Sutcliffe, who earned £109,000 at GMP, was disciplined for behaving 'shockingly, cruelly, and hurtfully' towards Superintendent Sarah Jackson during a gala dinner at Manchester's plush Hilton Hotel.

Her portfolio at the time included serious crime and counter-terrorism.

But early in 2017 she was seconded from the force to Oldham Council to oversee a project to encourage police and other public bodies to work more closely together.

Insiders at the force said she had been "effectively sidelined".

GMP said at the time said:

[Ms Sutcliffe is] working with Oldham Council...overseeing the introduction of integrated working across the public sector and the learning will be shared more widely.

Rebekah has extensive knowledge and experience of work considering public sector reform. The project is for an initial six months.

– GMP

It has now emerged she quit the force six weeks ago and has been appointed to a senior position in Oldham Council's six-strong executive management team, headed by chief executive, Carolyn Wilkins.

In a statement GMP said:

Former ACC Rebekah Sutcliffe resigned from Greater Manchester Police with effect from December 31 2018.

Rebekah Sutcliffe was carrying out an important role contributing to public services and integration across the public sector. The salary costs during the secondment were shared.

– GMP

The force declined to explain in detail how the salary costs were shared.

Oldham Council said in a statement:

We can confirm that Rebekah Sutcliffe was appointed to the role of strategic director of reform with effect from 1 January 2019. Prior to December 2018 she was seconded to the council and the salary cost during the secondment was shared.

– Oldham Council

But in July last year Oldham Council posted a video in which Ms Sutcliffe, speaking about her role, was described as strategic director of reform.

Promoting a Health Watch Event in Alexandra Park, she says in the video she has the "strategic lead at Oldham council for public health and also for something called the Thriving Communities programme" to promote the use of public space, exercise, healthy living and healthy eating.

Thriving Communities also includes "Placed Based Integration sites" where "multi-agency teams are "engaging the community daily on deep rooted system wide issues like anti-social behaviour, trafficking, and community cohesion."

An advert for the post of strategic director of reform was placed on a local government recruitment page in November, with interviews taking place in December.

According to the job listing it carries a salary of £122,000 and demands "a strong track record" of "providing strong leadership".

Ms Sutcliffe, a vicar’s daughter from Saddleworth, Greater Mancheste, was one of the most senior female officers in the country.

She drunkenly pulled down her dress to reveal her left breast during an hour-long rant at her ‘silly and vain’ junior over her ‘boob job’.

She told Supt Jackson:

Look at these. Look at these. These are the breasts of someone who has had three children.

They are ugly but I don’t feel the need to pump myself full of silicone to get self-esteem.

– Rebekah Sutcliffe

During her disciplinary hearing in 2016, ACC Sutcliffe was described in a testimonial by former Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy, as an "excellent senior detective" and a "high performing divisional commander". She also led police reform and was a "powerful and original thinker".

Ms Sutcliffe declined to comment when contacted.