Outgoing top cop to receive £200,000

Outgoing North Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell
Outgoing North Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell

NORTH Yorkshire’s top cop, who admitted gross misconduct, is in line to receive more than £200,000 in compensation after his police authority decided not to renew his fixed-term contract.

It has emerged that North Yorkshire Police Authority would have to make the payment to Grahame Maxwell because he is required to leave his £133,000 a year post before being able to secure his full pension entitlement after 30 years of service.

The payment – which is governed by nationally-agreed chief officer regulations – must be made after the chief constable leaves the force next May unless he obtains another job in the police service.

It is believed to be the first time the compensation regulation would be activated following a decision not to renew a chief constable’s contract.

Mr Maxwell will have completed 28-and-a-half years of service when his contract ends and under national police pension and employment rules he is entitled to a compensation payment because he is leaving before he has 30 years of service under his belt.

The payment is based on a calculation of the difference between the lump sum he would have been entitled to if he had completed 30 years and the lump sum entitlement for 28-and-a-half years.

Scarborough councillor Jane Kenyon, who is chairman of the North Yorkshire Police Authority, said the payment should not be viewed as a “payoff”.

Cllr Kenyon added: “I can assure everybody that any chief constable, when they leave the force, will be given only that sum of money which regulations dictate.

“The police authority has worked within the regulations not outside them.”

An investigation found that Mr Maxwell helped a relative gain unfair advantage in a police recruitment drive for 60 jobs in 2010.

He also admitted assisting a member of his extended family and a relative of his deputy, Adam Briggs, who has since retired.