North Yorkshire Police Authority today confirmed that the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will manage an investigation into conduct matters concerning the Chief and Deputy Chief Constables of North Yorkshire Police.
On these matters first coming to the attention of NYPA, the Authority was anxious to demonstrate that a high degree of integrity and independence was applied to any investigation. Hence, the Authority voluntarily referred the matter to the IPCC for the Commission to decide how best to deal with these matters.
Upon the matter being referred to it, the IPCC has decided that the Commission will manage investigations into these matters, and related matters concerning two members of NYP police staff, which were referred to the IPCC by North Yorkshire Police at the same time.
The IPCC will now control all aspects of the investigation. An external Chief Constable has been appointed by NYPA, in consultation with the IPCC, and his report will be considered by the Police Authority once his investigations into the Chief Officer conduct matters have been completed.
It is important to emphasise that no misconduct on the part of any individual has yet been proved and that it is vital that the principles of natural justice continue to be rigorously applied as this process is undertaken.
NYPA can reassure the public that North Yorkshire Police remains focused on serving and protecting our communities and that frontline policing services will be unaffected by this matter.
Given that an investigation will now take place which will establish the facts of this matter, it would be inappropriate for NYPA to comment further at this time.