Investigation into Cumbria police chief cost more than £600k
Last updated at 16:20, Thursday, 17 October 2013
COSTS incurred during the investigation into a suspended Cumbria police chief have risen above the £600,000 mark.
Figures revealed following a freedom of information request show South Wales Police ran up a bill of £157,035 in staff wages.
The force carried out the investigation into acting chief constable Stuart Hyde from October 26 last year to July 10.
The figure shows the full cost of the investigation as being £646,728.89 when added to figures released by the office of the Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner in August. Richard Rhodes, police and crime commissioner for Cumbria, said the investigation had cost South Wales Police £11,884.89 – relating to expenses incurred by the eight staff who were involved in the investigation.
The fees are in addition to legal costs of £158,809, a £189,000 payment to Merseyside Police for the salary of acting chief constable Bernard Lawson, and the £130,000 payment of Stuart Hyde’s salary during his suspension.
South Wales Police stressed the investigation costs were not in addition to police salaries but in the 2012 to 2013 financial year the force was asked to make £8m in savings and the force has cut hundreds of frontline jobs since 2010.
The staff running the investigation included a detective chief inspector, a detective sergeant and four detective constables for nine months along with a detective sergeant and a detective constable each working for two days.
South Wales Police said: “It is worth noting these costs are not additional costs to the force, as the officers and staff are employed by South Wales Police on a permanent basis and would have been paid their salaries regardless of what investigation they were working on.”
Following the investigation Mr Hyde was reinstated last month but will retire at the end of the year.
The Evening Mail contacted the office of Mr Rhodes and asked if he felt the £646,728.89 price tag was excessive but he said he had nothing more to add to a statement released in August in which he told the acting chief constable to resign or retire.
First published at 15:59, Thursday, 17 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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The lunatics have taken over the asylum.
You what? Â£646,728 investigation which found Chief Constable Stuart Hyde hadn't committed any gross misconduct or even misconduct. Why wasn't he back at work earning his salary long before these ridiculous expenses were incurred?It must have been clear as the investigation was unfolding that despite the relentless nitpicking there was never any realistic chance of finding anything wrong.Who will carry the can for these massive costs?
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