Police inspector cleared of allegations

A North Yorkshire Police inspector has been cleared of allegations of misconduct and gross misconduct by a disciplinary panel.

A North Yorkshire Police inspector has been cleared of allegations of misconduct and gross misconduct by a disciplinary panel.

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A North Yorkshire Police inspector has had allegations of misconduct and gross misconduct upheld by a disciplinary panel.

Inspector Sarah Sanderson, who joined the force in 1995, has been posted in the Ryedale, Harrogate and Hambleton districts, as well as HQ positions.

The three day disciplinary hearing was held at North Yorkshire Police’s HQ at Newby Wiske and yesterday (September 21) afternoon saw a police disciplinary panel uphold the allegations against Inspector Sanderson.

After deliberating for several hours, the disciplinary panel, which was led by an independent legally-qualified Chair, upheld allegations that the officer had:

- Taken a statement from a person she was closely connected with, contrary to good practice

- Used the police computer system to access information for personal rather than policing purposes, against Force policy

- Provided intelligence on a person known to her without disclosing this personal connection, and that this intelligence contained her personal opinion and unsubstantiated information.

The panel concluded, on September 21, that Inspector Sanderson should remain in the Force, but be given a final written warning.

Speaking about the hearing and the panel’s decision, Acting Deputy Chief Constable Paul Kennedy said: "Statistics show that North Yorkshire Police is rated highly by the public, but we do not take that for granted. Where there has been wrong-doing, it is important for that to be subjected to the very highest level of scrutiny, and that is what the panel has done here.

“Inspector Sanderson has had a long and, other than this, positive career in the police service, serving the community. We accept and respect the panel’s decision that she should remain in force, with the sanction of a final written warning."