Police chief breaks silence over scandal

THE Yorkshire chief constable at the centre of a £300,000 gross misconduct case has broken his silence over the affair.

North Yorkshire Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell has been accused of wasting taxpayers’ money after he took more than half a year to admit gross misconduct over claims he unfairly helped a relative during an officer recruitment exercise.

But Mr Maxwell sought to explain the delay, insisting he had been unprepared to accept his fate until a charge that he acted “without honesty and integrity” was dropped.

The Chief Constable admitted gross misconduct due to discreditable conduct on the first day of a scheduled week-long disciplinary hearing last month after North Yorkshire Police Authority agreed to drop four other charges, including the dishonesty allegation.

Mr Maxwell was given a final written warning and allowed to keep his job.

He said: “I can genuinely see now that I got it wrong. It is seven weeks since this judgment and I have apologised unreservedly. I have the full support of my police authority. I genuinely think it is time that I draw a line in the sand and get on with the job I love, which is policing.”