Chief Constable investigated over ‘misconduct’

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The woman in charge of Northumbria Police is being investigated over misconduct claims.

Last Friday, it was announced that Chief Constable Sue Sim had been ‘formally notified’ by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird that complaints had been made by officers over allegations of her behaviour.

Mrs Sim has held the role since April 2011, having been in place on a temporary basis 12 months earlier.

Mrs Baird confirmed that Mrs Sim will not be suspended during the course of the investigation.

Mrs Baird said: “I have sought clarification about the issues raised by some officers. I am now clear that they wish to make complaints against the Chief Constable which merit investigation.

“I have told the Chief Constable that there is a prima facie case to be investigated as to whether she is guilty of misconduct.

“The nature of the complaints to be investigated is that the Chief Constable may have fallen short of her duty as a police officer to treat colleagues with respect and courtesy.

“Chief Constable Sim will not be suspended and this is not currently an investigation into gross misconduct.”

On Friday, and in response to the investigation, Chief Con Sue Sim said: “I have this afternoon been formally notified by my Police and Crime Commissioner that she has received complaints from a group of officers containing allegations about my behaviour.

“She has determined, in accordance with police regulations, that the matter will be investigated.

“I have advised her that I will, of course, cooperate fully with the investigation and I am keen to do so at the earliest opportunity in the interests of Northumbria Police and the public we serve.

“It would not be appropriate for me to make any further comment at this time.”