Sorry for conduct, says chief

North Yorkshire Police supplied picture of Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell. Picture issued Wednesday May 11, 2011.
North Yorkshire Police supplied picture of Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell. Picture issued Wednesday May 11, 2011.

NORTH Yorkshire’s top cop has apologised to the public after admitting disreputable conduct.

Chief constable Grahame Maxwell was given a final written warning for helping a relative gain an unfair advantage in a police recruitment drive for 60 jobs.

A hotline received 200,000 calls but it was found he helped a relative bypass the busy phones.

In a statement released yesterday Mr Maxwell said: “Over the past 24 hours I have reflected on the outcome of the hearing into my actions during the recruitment campaign in February last year.

“I would like to reaffirm my deep and sincere apology to the residents of North Yorkshire, my officers and my police staff.

“The last thing in the world I would want to do is undermine the reputation of North Yorkshire Police.

“I am immensely proud to be the chief constable of North Yorkshire Police and immensely proud of what the people who make up our police force have achieved in that time.

“I want to reassure the public of North Yorkshire and the City of York that it is very much business as usual. Every day our officers, staff, special constables and volunteers are out there doing an excellent job, dealing with many difficult and challenging situations.

“My role now is to continue to lead North Yorkshire Police and work with the members of the Police Authority to continue our good work and deliver the best possible policing service we can to the communities of North Yorkshire.”

The police authority and Independent Police Complaints Commission were involved in the hearing.

Mr Maxwell became North Yorkshire’s chief constable in 2007, joining from South Yorkshire Police, where he had been a deputy since 2005.

He is thought to be the first chief constable to have faced gross misconduct charges in more than 30 years.