Submit your email address below to receive email updates from Cumbria24.
The police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has today said the allegations that led to Cumbria’s Acting Chief Constable Stuart Hyde being suspended ‘do not amount to serious misconduct’.
After completing a detailed assessment of complaints against Temporary Chief Constable Stuart Hyde, IPCC has concluded it no longer needs to investigate.
The IPCC said some matters may require further inquiries by Cumbria Police Authority and that the allegations were based on ‘unsupported suspicion’. Mr Hyde was removed from duty by Cumbria Police Authority last month amid ‘a number’ of allegations of serious misconduct’, which indicated Mr Hyde had possibly breached standards of professional behaviour.
The MP said: “I’m glad that the IPCC has come back swiftly on the case. The issues surrounding this case must be addressed within the local force but it is vital that Cumbria Police focus on serving our local communities and are not distracted or destabilised by this.”
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has referred the allegations of misconduct made against temporary Chief Constable Stuart Hyde back to Cumbria
Police Authority for further consideration Last month, the Police Authority referred a number of allegations to the IPCC relating to a potential breach in the standards of Stuart Hyde’s professional behaviour in his activities as Temporary Chief Constable.
On Thursday September 13th, Temporary Chief Constable Hyde was suspended from duty and the matter was referred to the IPCC as per proper protocol. The Authority met today, Tuesday 9th October, where it was agreed that it will now refer matters to an independent Constabulary for further investigation. The Authority will now liaise with HMIC to request that a Chief Constable from another Constabulary lead these further enquiries.
The Authority takes all allegations against any police officer seriously and must address these allegations in an appropriate manner. It is important to stress that suspension does not imply guilt. It is a neutral act that will enable a full and thorough investigation to take place.
T/CC Hyde will remain suspended and Bernard Lawson will continue in his role as temporary Chief Constable.