Former senior policeman accuses crime commissioner of political posturing

The Northern Echo: GOOD FAITH: Former North Yorkshire deputy chief constable Adam Briggs GOOD FAITH: Former North Yorkshire deputy chief constable Adam Briggs

A FORMER deputy chief constable has accused a police and crime commissioner (PCC) of “political posturing” after being asked to repay tens of thousands of pounds to his force.

A review of payments received by former chief constable of North Yorkshire Police Grahame Maxwell and his deputy, Adam Briggs, found last month that £99,866 given to them in good faith “did not appear with hindsight to have been within the legal power of the police authority".

The commissioner's predecessor, North Yorkshire Police Authority, a statutory body of 17 people who were responsible for ensuring the county received an efficient police service, had powers to approve payments of additional benefits to senior officers.

Ahead of North Yorkshire PCC Julia Mulligan publishing a report today (Friday, December 20) over allowance packages paid to chief police officers in the past six financial years, Mr Briggs said it had concluded he had acted in good faith.

He said he wanted to set the record straight following the claims that he received money he was not entitled to.

Mr Briggs said he never negotiated his terms and conditions after being offered the senior role in 2007 and had been stunned to learn Mrs Mulligan was investigating the payments and to be asked to repay the allowances the force had drawn up when he was appointed.

Mr Briggs said: “I am pleased, though not surprised, to learn the review has concluded I acted in good faith throughout and that the PCC has accepted advice to drop this action.

“It seems incredulous to me that a PCC could have ever believed that a police force, or any responsible employer, could appoint someone on clearly laid out terms and conditions and then six years later try to renege on the agreement.

“I was disappointed that the PCC deployed this issue heavily into the public arena via the media and I can, but speculate as to why she did this.”

Despite the report’s findings, Mr Briggs, who retired after 31 years police service in 2011, said Mrs Mulligan had warned she would continue to ask him to return the money.

“It is clear to me that the political posturing characterised by this sad episode will not end.”

The unprecedented announcement follows the Independent Police Complaints Commission launching an inquiry over Durham's police and crime commissioner Ron Hogg being given his £21,000 car when he retired as deputy chief constable of Cleveland.

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12:59pm Fri 20 Dec 13

ian923 says...

Nothing to do with political posturing. It's to do with recovering public money that never should have been paid to him and Maxwell. However,I would not have expected either of them to do "The right thing" and return the money because doing the right thing isclearly not in their nature or they would probably be still in their jobs.
Nothing to do with political posturing. It's to do with recovering public money that never should have been paid to him and Maxwell. However,I would not have expected either of them to do "The right thing" and return the money because doing the right thing isclearly not in their nature or they would probably be still in their jobs. ian923

2:04pm Fri 20 Dec 13

st-george1 says...

We need a Police CHARTER to ensure that all officers of all ranks found guilty of misconduct are STRUCK-OFF the charter-list similar to disgraced Doctors and where necessary prosecuted and banned for life from such work.
Whatever the findings in this case, someone needs to take responsibility for securing evidence files otherwise ... no convictions !
We need a Police CHARTER to ensure that all officers of all ranks found guilty of misconduct are STRUCK-OFF the charter-list similar to disgraced Doctors and where necessary prosecuted and banned for life from such work. Whatever the findings in this case, someone needs to take responsibility for securing evidence files otherwise ... no convictions ! st-george1

5:31pm Fri 20 Dec 13

spragger says...

The police leadership in the NE has been disgusting & spendthrift
The waste of taxpayers money has been mind boggling, the greed & excess of these people defies description.

At least some PCC's are putting the taxpayers first
The police leadership in the NE has been disgusting & spendthrift The waste of taxpayers money has been mind boggling, the greed & excess of these people defies description. At least some PCC's are putting the taxpayers first spragger

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