THE Deputy Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Derek Bonnard, has been dismissed from the force for gross misconduct.
Six counts of gross misconduct were upheld following the conclusion of a disciplinary hearing and the independent panel decided to dismiss him without notice.
Mr Bonnard was found to have:
â€¢ deliberately obstructed the criminal investigation known as Operation Sacristy;
â€¢ misused public funds in relation to a charity bike ride;
â€¢ misused a corporate credit card;
â€¢ inappropriately hired a vehicle which he crashed, costing the tax payer over Â£5,000;
â€¢ accepted inappropriate hospitality and;
â€¢ failed to follow policy and procedure in relation to a redundancy matter.
One matter of potential gross misconduct for Mr Bonnard has been deferred pending the outcome of the wider criminal investigation ongoing by Operation Sacristy -Â a wide-ranging investigation into alleged corruption at Cleveland Police.
Mr Bonnard’s disciplinaryÂ hearing follows a managed investigation carried out by the Independent Police Complaints Commission after a referral from Cleveland Police Authority in August 2011.
Chief Constable of Cleveland Police Jacqui Cheer said: â€œIn May 2012, Derek Bonnard publicly stated he was innocent of any wrongdoing and wanted his name cleared.
“He also described the investigation as highly expensive, recognising that it was funded by tax payers.
â€œQuite clearly, he is not innocent of any wrongdoing, and he has succeeded in delaying his misconduct hearing, which has incurred additional cost for the tax payer.
â€œMr Bonnardâ€™s actions were reflective of the culture at the top of the organisation at that time, and measures have been put in place to ensure that this type of behaviour is not repeated.”
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