Tom reacts to dismissal of Cleveland Police Chief Constable

Tom Blenkinsop MP, commenting on today’s (5th October 2012) news that Cleveland Police Chief, Sean Price, has been found guilty of gross misconduct said:

“The outcome of this hearing is a clear condemnation of the behaviour exercised by those in positions where trust and incorruptibility are of a paramount importance.

“It is reassuring to hear from the Police Authority that at no point did the staff member concerned, who has been widely reported by the media to be the daughter of the former Authority chair Cllr David McLuckie, act improperly during the recruitment process. However, I also feel that a statement from Cllr McLuckie clarifying what role, if any, he had in the recruitment process would be appreciated by myself and by Cleveland’s taxpayers.

“Although I understand Sacristy has a much wider scope, the dismissal of Mr Price highlights that there were widespread problems within Cleveland Police Authority. I believe that investigators now need to speed Sacristy up, for Cleveland Police Authority to be open about what other misconduct charges would have been, and allow the matter to be speedily taken into a courtroom setting if there has been corruption. The big job then, is to rebuild the leadership, reputation and probity of Cleveland Police.”

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