Chief Officer Corruption In North Yorkshire Police

Article  by Timothy Hicks FCA

THAT PARTICULARLY DUBIOUS CONSTABULARY THAT MERITS CAREFUL INVESTIGATION”  (Lord Maginnis of Drumglass)

 I have been following the Real Whitby ‘In My View’ column by Nigel Ward with great interest.  He certainly appears to me to be an absolutely fearless investigative journalist.  However I was shocked by his recent revelations, the latest in a series of corruption scandals that have rocked the British Police Service which appear to be focused on three forces, the Metropolitan Police, North Yorkshire and Cleveland. The first named has responsibility for the capital and is subject to entirely different factors to the county forces, which have much better records than the Met in the suppression of corrupt Police Officers. Further, the allegations of corruption in North Yorkshire and Cleveland are at the Police Authority and Chief Police Officer level, a situation unheard of in British Policing.  So why should this be so?

Both forces and both police authorities have similar cultures and exchange Chief Officers.  The current Chief Executive of Cleveland Police Authority is Stuart Pudney, formerly Deputy Chief Executive of the North Yorkshire Police Authority, Deputy Chief Constable Briggs and Deputy Chief Constable Cross have all served in Cleveland. Ignoring the situation in Cleveland, where the Chief Constable, Deputy Chief Constable and force solicitor have been arrested and the Chairman of the Police Authority has resigned, because it is sub-judice; let us focus on the other County Force publicly acknowledged as having a serious senior level corruption problem, which is North Yorkshire Police.  Examination of the recent cases of misconduct by North Yorkshire Chief Police Officers will, I submit, reveal the answer to this question.

Former Deputy Chief Constable Adam Briggs

Deputy Chief Constable Briggs was found guilty of gross misconduct for dishonestly trying to obtain a pecuniary advantage by having a relative appointed to a job in North Yorkshire Police. The definition of ‘Gross Misconduct’ is an act of misconduct so grave as to justify the immediate summary dismissal of the employee, without notice. (In a similar case that I encountered, in a Bank, the Director concerned was told to clear his desk and he was marched out). However, the Police Authority protected DCC Briggs was not dismissed from his post.

It then became clear that DCC Briggs had received £31,647.06 of expense payments, paid though an unauditable development allowance and which was illegally removed from the supervision of the Audit Commission (and run as a ‘slush fund’), which he could not account for.  In addition, an further £11,750 of expenses payments that he had not yet received had been “authorised” for payment to him, fraudulently, by Chief Constable Maxwell’s PA, a person not empowered to authorise any payment.

Initially, the Police Authority tried to protect him and declined to investigate the allegations.  However, so serious were the allegations that, unusually, the IPCC took the investigation over and started to investigate DCC Briggs again. When it became obvious that the IPCC investigation would censure DCC Briggs for blatant misconduct, the Police Authority again protected him and retired him with immediate effect to prevent him being convicted of misconduct.

Throughout the investigation, DCC Briggs maintained his right to silence and refused to co-operate with the investigation.  In the words of IPCC Commissioner Long:

  • It is utterly unacceptable that more than £30,000 of public funds can be handed to an officer without any means to audit how that money is used. Although the police authority stipulated what the money was to be used for, they did not check.  Although Mr Briggs has retired, one would think he would want to take an opportunity to explain what he did with the money and why he claimed a further £11,750 from the public purse.  I find his decision not to assist our investigation or answer our questions disappointing.  It leaves us with an expenses claim that does not appear to withstand scrutiny and the actions of a senior police officer that do not appear justifiable.  The police authority’s remit is to scrutinise the expenditure of a police force and hold the senior officers to account.  It is utterly unacceptable therefore that more than £30,000 of public funds can be handed to an officer without any means to audit how that money is used.”

Again, I have encountered a similar case in a transport company where the employee concerned lost his job, but because DCC Briggs was a Chief Police Officer he was very nicely protected by the Police Authority, from any consequences of what is clearly a blatant fraud on the taxpayers of North Yorkshire, and retired early.

Throughout the investigation DCC Briggs refused to co-operate, respond to questions on his allowances or to account for his expenditure or provide receipts.

Former Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell

Chief Constable Maxwell was found guilty of Gross Misconduct for dishonestly trying to obtain a pecuniary advantage by having a relative appointed to a job in North Yorkshire Police and of assisting DCC Briggs to do the same. The definition of Gross Misconduct is an act of misconduct so grave as to justify the summary dismissal of the employee; in any other organisation, they would both have been sacked and walked off the premises. However the Police Authority supported him, he was protected from any consequence for his conduct, kept his job and walked off with a £250,000 payoff.

In June 2011, it emerged that the cost of investigating the above allegations against Chief Constable Maxwell was £218,456 on top of £100,000 spent by the IPCC. Mr Julian Smith, the Conservative MP for Skipton and Ripon, said:

  • Had the chief constable admitted his guilt late last year, instead of at the very last minute, hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money could have been saved on legal costs.  It is deeply regrettable that during challenging financial times, the actions of the county’s leading police officer should have cost the police authority so much.  These figures are a further illustration of why Mr Maxwell no longer has the confidence of many of his officers or communities in North Yorkshire.”

Chief Constable Maxwell subsequently survived a vote of no confidence, by North Yorkshire County Council because he was supported by County Councillors who were members of the Police Authority.

The allegations of misconduct narrated above are well known in the public domain.  However, senior Officer Expenses are required to be published in full on the North Yorkshire Police Website and my investigation into Chief Officer corruption has revealed further cause for concern:

Chief Constable Maxwell also received the same slush fund allowance as Deputy Chief Constable Briggs and like DCC Briggs, has apparently not accounted for an estimated £50,000 of expenditure paid to him.

Scrutiny of his expenses shows that Chief Constable Maxwell has charged attendance at conferences and seminars in the UK, Amsterdam, Bahrain, Estonia and Copenhagen which should have been charged to his Development allowance, but was paid additionally as expenses of an additional £7,71601.

The Chief Constable charged private expenditure to the Police for a visit to the Edinburgh Tattoo.

Unlike every other Chief Officer of North Yorkshire Police, Chief Constable Maxwell has not published his expenses since July 2010

Chief Constable Tim Madgwick

Chief Constable Madgwick’s biography lists membership of the Special Olympics Group Board as a personal hobby/interest.  He is not listed as an officer of the SOGB on their website and has no entitlement to reimbursement of this money from the charity, it relates to his personal hobby and it has nothing to do with his work as a police officer with North Yorkshire Police.  So why is he charging this purely personal expenditure to the North Yorkshire Police? I would submit that it is completely unacceptable for any public servant to be paid for pursuing his hobby.

His expense Information on the website is incomplete.

Deputy Chief Constable Sue Cross

On a number of occasions Deputy Chief Constable Cross has charged overnight accommodation costs for a single days duty in London and other close locations that could easily be travelled in one day without the need for a stay in an expensive hotel.

The North Yorkshire Police Authority

Chief Officers have received development allowances and healthcare allowances which are not accounted for or subject to audit.  According to Mr Jeremy Holderness, Chief Executive of the Police Authority:

  •  Such allowances are not unfamiliar in policing, or indeed many other avenues of business, and they are seen to be quite reasonable in the circumstances of employment of senior professionals.”

Well, put simply, that is a lie.  Payments to senior executives cannot be exempted from audit or accounting by law.  Both Mr Holderness and the Chief Financial Officer Ms Carter had a duty to bring this to the attention of the Auditor.

The accounts state the Chief Police Officers “use vehicles provided by the force, but these are not included in benefits in kind (i.e.) taxed as they are for operational use” although these are also available for personal use.  However, the accounts do not state that the operational officers are not authorised to drive these vehicles on police duty and therefore they are NOT available for police use and should be taxed as a benefit in kind.

According to press reports each Chief Officer has his legal insurance paid for by the Police Authority and Chief Constable Maxwell and DCC Briggs used this insurance to pay for their defence costs in the recent disciplinary hearings.  This is a private matter which should not be covered by the Police Authority and should be declared as a benefit in kind.  However, the accounts do not make any reference to these payments and they have in fact been concealed.

Chief Officers have received payments for personal expenditure that should also be revealed in the accounts as taxable benefits in kind, but are not.

It appears that all of the above Chief Officers have received payments without deduction of tax for personal development and in addition for health insurance, which they do not have to account for, and that these payments are not, in fact, expenses, but effectively salary payments made gross i.e. untaxed, which is illegal.  They should be declared on the tax returns (Form P11D) made by the police to HMRC, the same as everyone else. Howeve,r this has not happened. Worse, they are described in the accounts as payments for ‘personal development and healthcare’, when in fact, no one knows what the money was spent on, which is false accounting and a failure in financial control.

The Chief Constable’s PA has fraudulently authorised payments to DCC Briggs that should not have been made when she was not in fact an authorised signatory, which can only be described as a catastrophic failure of financial control and segregation of duties.  Yet (predictably) she was protected and no action was taken against her although she should have been dismissed for it.

It therefore appears that Ms Carter and Mr Holderness have exceeded their authority, broken the law, indulged in false accounting and deceived the auditors, to run a tax evasion scheme for the benefit of senior officers.

Mr Maxwell, Mr Briggs, Mr Madgwick, The Finance Director of SOGB, Mr Read, Mr Holderness, Ms Drew, Ms Carter, Miss Kenyon, Mrs Cross and every member of the Police Authority have had the opportunity of responding to my allegations privately, but are all refusing to respond to correspondence and Freedom of Information requests, in exactly the same way as DCC Briggs did.  They have also unlawfully refused to progress or respond on my complaints about the above matters.  North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Police Authority are obviously operating an illegal, coordinated and well-organised zero-tolerance zone on questions that could be embarrassing; I can only conclude that this is also to conceal illegal actions by Chief Police Officers and members of the Police Authority. How is this compatible with an organisation that is supposed to call the police to account? If I am wrong, why will they not respond and say so. What is it they have to hide? Quite a bit, it appears.

According to documentation, Conservative County Councillor Miss Kenyon, who is Chairman of the North Yorkshire Police Authority, has been routinely committing a criminal offence and deceiving her electorate by withholding information about her business interests, to conceal the fact that she is an Officer of Belvedere Computers Inc., a bankrupt company in the United States, and a company in the UK that traded with Councils on which she sat.

I have also been investigating County Councillor Kenyon’s business activities including the Belvedere Computers fiasco. As part of my investigation I asked why County Councillor Kenyon had not registered her interest in Belvedere Computers Inc. Ms Carole Dunn (Monitoring Officer, NYCC) responded that:

she (County Councillor Kenyon) has had no connection with Belvedere Computers Inc since November 1980 which predates her membership of the County Council. The issue of registering an interest simply would not therefore arise.”

Well, I am afraid that is a lie, too. It does not matter how long it is since County Councillor Kenyon was associated with Belvedere Computers, if indeed she still has an interest in it, then she has to declare her interest, whether it arose before she was elected or afterwards, because she and her consort are allegedly officers of a bankrupt company that has been suspended from trading but still exists as a separate legal entity.

It is also clear that Councillor Kenyon must have known that she was the Company Secretary of Dales Timber Limited and has lied to evade responsibility for illegally failing to register her interest.  A situation where the monitoring officer (Ms Dunn) lies to conceal illegality and the police refuse to investigate it and use threat of arrest to prevent legitimate public questioning, simply because it involves the chairman of the police authority, is deeply concerning.

What is someone like this doing heading up a Police Authority?

For three years I have been investigating a fraud by a group of people known locally as “The Inspector Moriarty Gang”, comprising a corrupt Police Inspector (based at Fulton Road Police Station), a corrupt social-worker and a member of her own family who defrauded Mrs Barbara Hofschröer (aged eighty three) of her home in York, locked her out (thereby making her homeless), stole her possessions and tried to sell the house, fraudulently.  There have been allegations in Parliament and the press of corruption in the case, and the IPCC have called for a new investigation. Yet Miss Kenyon, both Chief Constables, the Chief Executive of the Police Authority Mr Jeremy Holderness and every member of the Police Authority do not deny there has been serious criminal fraud committed by Police officers, they simply refuse to comment, or to respond to complaints, in order to prevent the proper investigation and arrest of corrupt police officers.

North Yorkshire Police are currently amongst the subjects of enquiries by Lord Maginnis of Drumglass into Police Corruption.  Recently there have been questions in the Houses of Parliament openly alleging corruption in North Yorkshire Police, and yet no Chief Officer or member of the Authority will respond in any way, or deny it.  They simply maintain their right of silence – exactly the same policy that worked so well for Chief Constable Briggs.

The two remaining Chief Officers in the force, ACC Cross and ACC Tim Madgwick both applied for the Deputy Chief Constable’s jobs and were rejected.  However, because the Police Authority had not made adequate arrangements to appoint successors to the disgraced Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable, they appointed ACC Madgwick as Temporary Chief Constable and ACC Cross as Temporary Deputy Chief Constable when both of them failed the selection process for Deputy Chief Constable, about a year ago, and are demonstrably not strong enough to operate at that level.  Clearly this is a completely unsatisfactory state of affairs, caused by corruption and indiscipline at Chief Police Officer level and the failure of every member of the Police Authority to respond to it properly.

Returning to the question I posed at the beginning of this article, “why is it there is obviously a Senior Officer corruption problem in North Yorkshire Police”, the answer I suggest is that It appears to me that the reason for this specific problem is a refusal by the Police Authority to execute its disciplinary functions over Senior Officers and a failure by every Chief Officer of the Force to uphold the standards of discipline and leadership, by example, that are expected of them – for they know that they will be supported by the Police Authority no matter what.  In my experience, in the private sector they would all have lost their jobs.

I understand that Police Authority member Mr Carl Les is standing for appointment as Police & Crime Commissioner.  How can that be appropriate when I have e mailed him over all of these matters and he has refused to respond, and is directly and personally associated with the illegality, fraud and corruption that the Police Authority has supported for years. It will need a new broom from outside North Yorkshire to rectify the fundamental issues that infect North Yorkshire Police and the North Yorkshire Police Authority, not more of the same from someone irretrievably tainted with the odour of corruption.

In my next article:  NAME AND SHAME:  “IS THAT YOU MORIARTY?”  THE INSPECTOR MORIARTY GANG EXPOSED.

26 Responses to "Chief Officer Corruption In North Yorkshire Police"

  1. spw  June 9, 2012 at 12:10 am

    ex met chief lord stevens says the police federation gagg reporters threaten to sue.he agrees corruption should be exposed!corruption goes back at least 2o years!in northyorkshire linked cyc nhs and police.do many appear to have business interests?,does it appears andrew lansley and sir liam donaldson do?they certainly show contempt for the law!do as i please!

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  2. Carl Zacharia  June 9, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Another great investigation!

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  3. spw  June 9, 2012 at 12:19 am

    did della cannings ex chief nyp assist the alleged corrupt chairman of nyypct kevin mcaleese to the army board college as her replacement?chief constable rhodes lincs kindly passed ajeged crime to cc maxwejl i await cc madgwicks response!

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  4. spw  June 9, 2012 at 2:57 am

    why would della cannings turn one of her own officers in to nypa yet turn a blindeye to alleged crime with nyypct?endangering the public and cyc?and other senior officers involving vunerable adults?cases not be processed?

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  5. spw  June 9, 2012 at 6:27 am

    COVERUP?one year on family distraught,no further on tragic death toni specks police cell,fulford york,york district failings,unlawful killing?failed to receive medical attention.york district corrupt well we know the ipcc mr long should be sacked!.

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  6. Richard Ineson  June 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Never has the maxim, ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is that good men should do nothing’ more fittingly been demonstrated, than by the facts surrounding this astounding, blatant and indefensible abuse of the pubic purse coupled with the prostitution of the integrity of the police force.

    No doubt there are some honest Councillors, and no doubt that there are some honest members of the North Yorkshire Police Authority and the North Yorkshire Police Authority Management Board, I do not believe that they are all snivelling sycophants and posturing windbags but, what the members of the North Yorkshire Police Authority and its Management Board all have in common is, that they are spineless.

    Even the most supine and guileless amongst them must have been aware of the shameless squandering of the public purse on expensive cars,to the tune of £500,000, which the police officers for whom they were intended, were not qualified to drive.

    These same people stood by whilst over £28,000 was spent on a shower.

    They stood by whilst thousands were squandered on so called ‘development courses’.

    They allowed patently culpable police officers to retire to avoid investigation.

    Then the appalling and shameless behaviour, in the nepotism cases, of the most senior police officers in our employ, resulting in extensive enquiries and a hearing which cost hundreds of thousands of pounds all compounded by the failure of Maxwell to admit his guilt at an early stage and mitigate the cost of the investigation.

    Where were these people whilst all this was going on?

    Cllr. Kenyon must accept most of the responsibility for these disgraceful episodes, as Chair of both of the controlling bodies, the NYPA and the NYPA Management Board, she has betrayed the trust of the people who elected her to office.

    But none of the members of either of these bodies are blameless, and none of them should be allowed to be considered for any position, in any capacity, connected with the North Yorkshire Police, or indeed public service of any kind, in the future.

    Let us hope that they themselves, realise that they are not of the substance and quality required to serve the public and have the good sense to retire, along with Cllr. Kenyon, from public life gracefully and permanently.

    In the name of God, go.

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  7. Peter Hofschröer  June 9, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    If they do have the sense to take your good advice, Richard, and retire, can you ask them if we can have our money back first, please?

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  8. ABC  June 10, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I read Richard Ineson’s comments with great interest. In order to ensure that the Police are divorced from political control by the Central Government, Chief Police Officers are paramount within their own geographical area and effectively immune from intervention by the central government. The mechanism for removing a corrupt Chief Officer of Police is firmly with the Police Authority.

    This system has worked well and prevented the politicism of the police. However, it is flawed when you have a situation such as the one prevailing in North Yorkshire where other than Assistant Chief Constable Spittal, every Chief Officer is corrupt and apparently involved in fraud and simply maintains his or her right to silence as a way of evading prosecution. Under these circumstanes it is the duty of the Police Authority to intervene and conduct a thorough investigation.

    However, although allegations of corruption supported by irrefutable evidence have been put to it and also made publicly in Parliament and the Press, the Police Authority simply refuses to comment, thereby evading its obligations and acquiescing to corruption.

    Nothing epitomises this institutionalised corruption better than Mr Jeremy Holderness (the Chief Executive) commenting that giving Chief Officers an unauditable slush fund allowance which was unaccountable was common practice.

    THIS IS A LIE, it isn’t common practice, it is in fact unlawful and unknown. If any company Chief Executive tried to defend this in the public sector he would lose his job and be the subject of damaging public ridicule. However, because this relates to the Police, public money (not shareholders which is more tightly supervised) and controlled by their pals in the Police Authority, fraudsters are protected and the investigation of serious crime committed by Chief Police Officers is prohibited. As Richard points out:

    “Cllr. Kenyon must accept most of the responsibility for these disgraceful episodes, as Chair of both of the controlling bodies, the NYPA and the NYPA Management Board, she has betrayed the trust of the people who elected her to office.

    But none of the members of either of these bodies are blameless, and none of them should be allowed to be considered for any position, in any capacity, connected with the North Yorkshire Police, or indeed public service of any kind, in the future.”

    Hence my opposition to the candidature of Councillor Carl Les for the post of Crime Commissioner.

    North Yorkshire Police is unquestionably the worst force in the country (arguably in Western Europe) in relation to proven allegations of serious Chief Officer Level Corruption. Yet no Chief Police Officer has ever been convicted of misconduct. In every case they have been retired or nicely protected in some other way.

    The situation in North Yorkshire is similar to that which prevailed in the Metropolitan Police in the 1970s, where all levels of the CID were infected with corrupt police officers, some of whom were members of organised crime syndicates. The Home Secretary’s response was unprecedented. He appointed a Chief Officer from outside the Met, Sir Robert Mark. A man who has gone down in history as one of the greatest British Police Officers of all time. Sir Robert Mark initiated OPERATION COUNTRYMAN which was an investigation of corruption in the Met by officers from the County forces, -again unheard of- which led to the arrest/dismissal/retirement of about 500 CID Officers, the cleansing of the Met and the reassertion of law and order in that force.

    So grave is the situation in North Yorkshire that only a similar approach can resolve it. The Force needs a completely new set of Chief Officers and Crime Commissioner appointed from outside the Yorkshire and Cleveland forces. NOT Councillor Carl Les, a person irremeadiably and personally contaminated with past corrupt practices.

    ABC
    (Anyone but Carl Les)

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  9. spw  June 11, 2012 at 4:23 am

    percy hoskins great dailyexpress crimereporter 195os,6os travelled with scotlandyard to conferences apparently he knew enough to blow the houses of parliament into the thames says former chief constable.fabian,spooner,

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  10. spw  June 11, 2012 at 4:45 am

    gilbert kelland former head cid at residential college wanted to do a thesis on police and public corruption dissuaded from doing so.exposing corruption apparently leaves some frothing at the mouth!

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  11. Tom Brown  June 11, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Investigate the quango that lurks in Wakefield (the future European regional authority)and all will become clear.

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  12. Tom Brown  June 11, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Look at this. These people will run the police from the Humber to the Tees leading to a Euro mini state
    giving us ‘Corpus Juris’ (guilty until proven innocent)instead of ‘Habeous Corpus’(innocent until proven guilt)

    http://www.yhassembly.gov.uk/Contact%20us/

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  13. F L C  June 12, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Absolutely disgusting. Any cop that refuses to investigate this should be fired, and charged with complicity in the crimes – which seem to be clear!

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  14. Richard Ineson  June 12, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Mystery over taxpayer millions paid to police chief association

    Yorkshire Post. Published on Saturday 26 May 2012 06:00

    MILLIONS of pounds of public money has been provided to the chief police officers’ unofficial trade union – but no-one in the service seems to have a clear idea how or why the practice actually began.

    The members and staff of police authorities who are making the payments now were not in position when the process began and have been left scratching their heads when asked for an explanation of why the taxpayer has been funding the Chief Police Officers Staff Association (CPOSA) in the way it has for over a decade.

    Police authority chief executives in the region also acknowledge they have never seen CPOSA annual accounts and have little way of knowing exactly how the money has been spent.

    Fraser Sampson, chairman of the Association of Police Authority Chief Executives, said the issue was now under investigation. Mr Sampson, who is West Yorkshire Police Authority chief executive, inherited an arrangement already in place, like top officials in police authorities across the country, and admits he doesn’t know how or why it began.

    He does, however, recognise the “odd” situation whereby police authorities – and by extension the public – will be funding highly-paid chief police officers, including North Yorkshire chief Grahame Maxwell and Cleveland counterpart Sean Price, in misconduct cases.

    Mr Sampson said: “I don’t know the genesis of it. There is a difference between reimbursing a subscription for a staff association on the basis of the work it does for collective bargaining on behalf of its members and a very discrete element that could be used to pick up the legal fees for a dispute with the employer.

    “How do you explain that you’ve got employers paying for legal insurance for individuals who may be involved in disputes with their employers that may come about because of those individuals’ decisions? That is odd.”

    The payment of insurance for personal legal fees to CPOSA – at a rate of £2,197 per chief officer this year – appears to have become a convention without any clear basis even though all chief police officers and some senior civilian police staff receive the benefit through their membership of CPOSA.

    In addition, some chief police officers, including those in West Yorkshire, have the payment of their £275 membership fee to CPOSA written into their contracts while others do not.

    The only indication of a general sanction of the legal insurance payment came from the Metropolitan Police who said that in 1999 “the Home Office directed that the cost of this insurance could be met from official funds”.

    But when asked to comment, the Home Office would only say the payments were a matter for individual police authorities.

    To add to the questionable basis of the public paying CPOSA for personal legal costs, all police officers are already legally entitled to claim for such costs from their own police authorities.

    Officers whose individual actions might be called into question at an inquest or an employment tribunal can claim for, and would be likely to receive, funding for costs in those circumstances.

    The difference, as Mr Sampson acknowledged, is that assessing requests on a case-by-case basis allows for public accountability and is far removed from writing what might be seen as a blank cheque for chief officers.

    It would also preclude the public from funding very expensive misconduct cases on behalf of chief officers.

    But CPOSA’s vice president David Griffin, Humberside’s deputy chief constable, defended the payments and said: “It protects police authorities from potentially high legal costs where individual chief officers are subject of proceedings such as employment tribunals where they can be personally named as well as the organisation as these are met through CPOSA insurance cover.

    “Although there is a discretionary power for police authorities to pay legal costs incurred by individuals on a case-by-case basis, CPOSA cover insures against this risk. It enables chief officers to more effectively carry out their role and make critical decisions without incurring the risk of potentially large legal costs in defending their decisions if they are subject of enquiries such as inquests, public inquiries and court proceedings, where they are deemed to have personal as well as corporate liability.”

    Mr Griffin’s stance was backed by his employer, Humberside Police Authority and South Yorkshire Police Authority who said that without the personal legal cover chief officers “would become more risk averse.” In contrast, North Yorkshire and Cleveland joined West Yorkshire in raising concerns about the payments.

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  15. sw  June 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    chief constable madgwick neglects his duty to vunerable adults.how many needless deaths?inappropriate prescribing?shipmans are in york!same failings,something very disturbing about yorkshire and police coverups,paid not to investigate?coroner that misleads in writing as indeed chief prosecutor!who also likes to use harrassment act to pervert justice!

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  16. sw  June 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    the health care profession has the highest rate of serial killers little has changed since shipman,the gmc corrupt.leading criminologist says medical profession are to blame.murders are not rarewhy do police and cyc up?ask chief constable madgwick!

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  17. sw  June 14, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    robert francis qc s letter invites me to send evidence to the inquiry.the aim is to establish our medical experts to assess criminal neglect.how many persecuted by the pct.york district..the local medical committee should also be criminally investigated.the arrogance deplorable.

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  18. sw  June 14, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    nhs patient safety is a farce!run by the corrupt.york doctors lie,claim results normal at times when lab reguested further investigation!they also cause errondous results withoid treatment aware death can ensure at some point.they fail to fill in accurate request forms!and if at all!

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  19. sw  June 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    andrew lansley and david cameron pm two faced.substandard care will not be tolerated! they claimed,empty words!both have evidence of crime but turn a blindeye until a reporter chases them!abuse neglect continue!

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  20. sharon  July 10, 2012 at 7:56 am

    gp shipman killer wouldnt never have been prevented.dangerous doctors still on the loose.professor donaldson ex chief medical officer is not fit to be chair patient safety or worldhealth organisation.hes negligent.needless deaths continue.

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  21. sw  July 25, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    doh topbrass turns a blindeye to nhs neglect.abuse,fraud,they should be under a criminal investigatio

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  22. Yasmin  August 4, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    How can we set up a website that names and shames corrupt coppers in West Yorkshire. As i would like to see all the mug shots of the police officers on a site so that members of the public can make comments about an individual or a group of coppers that have treated them badly. That way we can eliminate the bad coppers with the most bad comments. Then justice can be truly seen and done. As people like Maxine Wrigglesworth who works for Wakefield Police can also be monitored properly and my council tax and other tax payers money can be saved from being squandered by her with no accountability, as i am sure she has stitched alot of people up in West Yorkshire thanks to the taxpayer. If the finances were coming out from the west yorkshire police budget then all her free fishing experditions would save alot of taxpayers money that would be very useful for hospitals instead. My rant over.

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  23. Nigel Ward  September 15, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    @Yasmin:

    The four Yorkshire Police Foces are not alone when it comes to corruption. NINE under investigation at present. Here is the latest – though I expect this comment to be out-of-date very quickly.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/sep/14/cumbria-police-stuart-hyde-suspended?newsfeed=true

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  24. Tom Brown  September 15, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    It seems that there is a nationwide plot to destroy us.
    There is a so called ‘Association of Chief Police Officers’ who’s intention is to bring us to our knees.
    when you see the word ‘ASSOCIATION’ Be assured that association is designed to break us down. COMMON PURPOSE’ Google it

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  25. David Clark  July 16, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Cleveland Police Authority former C.E.O. Stuart Pudney received a £250,000. pay off, former Chairman of the Authority gets 8 months in prison. Mr Pudney joined CPA from North Yorkshire Police Authority. The former Chairman of NYPA Cllr Jane Kenyon,and presently a member of Scarborough Borough Council, was Chairman of the Police Authority from June 2001 untill its demise. During that time and to the present Cllr Kenyon is listed as an Officer of a California Corporation, Belvedere Coomputers Inc. Co. No. C0999400. The Corporation is suspended by order of the Franchise Tax Board Sacramento ca. USA. “How can it be that the Secretary,CFO,Director, and Agent for Service of Process, of a suspended California Corpration could have been Chairman of a British Police and continue as a Local Authority Councillor?”. The Corporation remains suspended, the Corporation has not been dissolved.

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