Use of Twitter was at heart of complaints about Cumbria police chief
Last updated at 16:57, Tuesday, 22 October 2013
A REFERENCE to a music festival led to allegations of unprofessionalism against Cumbria police chief Stuart Hyde – by a fellow officer.
A Freedom of Information request revealed that the social networking site Twitter was at the heart of many of the complaints about Stuart Hyde’s behaviour while he was temporary chief constable of Cumbria Police.
It emerged earlier this year that the report had found areas where Mr Hyde was in need of “guidance”, but ruled he was not guilty of misconduct. However, police and crime commissioner Richard Rhodes re-suspended the officer claiming he felt there was still a case to answer.
The report, by South Wales Police looked at allegations that Mr Hyde, who has since returned to duty in his former role as deputy chief constable, had breached force policy on use of social media. Some of the names of the individuals who complained were removed (redacted) before the report was released.
Investigators state: “One specific communication between Mr Hyde and one of his followers on Twitter was highlighted by Detective Constable [redacted], whereby Mr Hyde challenges the title of a forthcoming music festival which had been referred to by [redacted] as ‘#Cockfest’.”
In a Tweet he asks: “Surely organisers of a music festival could have come up with a better hashtag than #Cockfest?” Another user replied: “It’s also called #cockrock.”
The report continues: “One might question why Mr Hyde would become involved in such a conversation on Twitter, whilst openly quoting such terminology may be deemed to be unprofessional.”
Mr Hyde’s use of Twitter to discuss “swimming, walking and ‘#eating pies’” while on duty, as well as the misuse of his corporate credit card to buy Odeon cinema tickets and give a Sports Relief donation were also brought into question.
The latter two were the only two out of 16 “questionable” purchases made on the card since he received it in 2009 which were found to be “clearly personal”.
However, the report also states that Mr Hyde repaid both sums as soon as the credit card statement was received.
Another item, the nature of which has been redacted, was also highlighted as not being on the specific list of items which can be purchased on the card – but investigating officers ruled it “clearly apparent” the purchase was work-related.
It was stated that Mr Hyde had never exceeded the card limit.
A separate allegation of misconduct relating to his use of air miles was also dismissed.
First published at 16:28, Tuesday, 22 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Anyone who believes a word a copper or a PCC says is a damn fool. All police forces in the UK are rotten with corruption from the very bottom to the very top.
Seems to me like Mr Hyde's bosses are the one wasting the forces time an money on this farce. I see nothing wrong with his comments on twitter surely a better name could have been used and he certainly didn't start the name as for the credit card what is this a dredge the barrel witch hunt and he is still suspended because someone thinks there is a case to answer - clear case of jealousy someone else wanted or felt they should have that job I say the complainers need investigating but that would waste more money when what they should all really be doing is fighting crime - but then why should they when the legal system is such a joke I could go on but why bother !!