Po­lice chief is sus­pended in con­duct probe

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page - BY OLIVER CLAY oliver.clay@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @Oliv­er­ClayRWWN

CHESHIRE po­lice’s Chief Con­sta­ble Si­mon Byrne has been sus­pended pend­ing the out­come of a gross mis­con­duct hear­ing.

Po­lice And Crime Com­mis­sioner for Cheshire David Keane an­nounced the de­ci­sion last Wed­nes­day as the Weekly News was go­ing to print.

In Novem­ber, Mr Keane had asked an ex­ter­nal po­lice force to in­ves­ti­gate CC Byrne’s con­duct in re­la­tion to an undis­closed al­le­ga­tion.

Deputy Chief Con­sta­ble Janette McCormick has been ap­pointed as Act­ing Chief Con­sta­ble un­til the find­ings of the gross mis­con­duct hear­ing are made.

CC Byrne was ap­pointed as Chief Con­sta­ble in 2014 by the then PCC for Cheshire John Dwyer.

He was re­cruited fol­low­ing a spell at the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice, hav­ing served as Deputy Chief Con­sta­ble at Greater Manch­ester Po­lice and as As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble at Mersey­side.

CC Byrne was awarded the Queens Po­lice Medal (QPM) in the 2016 New Year’s hon­ours list.

He also sits on the Sen­tenc­ing Council For Eng­land And Wales, which sets sen­tenc­ing guide­lines for the courts.

In a state­ment is­sued last Wed­nes­day, Mr Keane said: “Fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions made in late 2016 against Chief Con­sta­ble Si­mon Byrne and fol­low­ing ad­vice from the IPCC (In­de­pen­dent Po­lice Com­plaints Com­mis­sion), a lo­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­ducted by an ex­ter­nal po­lice force has been un­der way in ac­cor­dance with the statu­tory po­lice con­duct regime.

“Fol­low­ing re­ceipt of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­port, and hav­ing care­fully con­sid­ered the ev­i­dence, I have de­ter­mined that there is a case to an­swer for gross mis­con­duct with re­gards to au­thor­ity, re­spect and cour­tesy and dis­cred­itable con­duct.

“This mat­ter must now be re­ferred to an in­de­pen­dently chaired gross mis­con­duct hear­ing.

“In light of this de­ter­mi­na­tion, I con­sider that the public in­ter­est re­quires that Mr Byrne be sus­pended pend­ing the con­clu­sion of the hear­ing.

“Deputy Chief Cons tab le McCormick will be un­der­tak­ing the role of Act­ing Chief Con­sta­ble.

“I will not be mak­ing any fur­ther com­ment on the mat­ter at

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