Misconduct hearing costs public £350,000

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Cheshire Constabuluary have confirmed that the final costs of the hearing proceedings against their former Chief Constable, "which should have been avoided", are in the process of being calculated but will will be in the region of £340,000 to £350,000.

Simon Byrne was suspended in August 2017 following an independent investigation into his conduct. Cheshire Police have also confirmed that the cost of Mr Byrne's suspension was £100,000.

As reported yesterday, an independent panel which carried out a gross misconduct hearing of the former Chief Constable of Cheshire Constabulary concluded that there was no evidence to prove the allegations against Mr Byrne.

The independent panel's report "This misconduct panel has been an unfortunate experience for all concerned and our overriding conclusion is that it could – and should – have been avoided. We have reflected at length on the circumstances which led to such a time consuming (and costly) process being used to try and resolve what was essentially a clash of cultures, personalities and attitudes within Cheshire Constabulary following Mr Byrne's arrival."

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Nick Jones
Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 12:24 pm
Keane has behaved like Trump, not reading / paying attention to detail..... Time to go !
Mark Russell
Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 2:34 pm
The only question that needs asking is "how many frontline officers would this have paid for?" This is a disgrace, no wonder criminals have free reign over this country.
Laurie Atterbury
Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 3:18 pm
It just goes on and on doesn’t it. A good clear out needed next year?
Peter Croome
Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 4:53 pm
So is the total £350.000 or £450.000 - never mind, just pin money to Cheshire East Council.
Angela McPake
Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 5:47 pm
This isn’t Cheshire East Council money. It is money from Cheshire Constabulary budget.

The question really has to be what it could have been spent on, in terms of policing, if it wasn’t wasted bringing this action.
Pete Taylor
Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 10:06 pm
Cllr. McPake; perhaps you could explain how Cheshire Constabulary is funded and by whom? I'm slightly confused, as my information about the year on year rises in Police funding always arrives in a Cheshire East envelope.
Jean Berman
Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 10:11 pm
Cheshire East again wasting tax payers money
Terry Roeves
Thursday 13th December 2018 at 8:40 am
£350,000-
1. Sort out Wilmslow traffic and parking chaos with police enforcement.
2. A Pelican crossing for Altrincham Rd by Kings Road so Residents can cross safely. Can take 20 mins. No joke when you use crutches.
3. Give balance to WTC.

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