Police chief is suspended in conduct probe
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