Speaking in response to the media coverage of the Equality Review today, Deputy Chief Constable of Cleveland Police Iain Spittal said: “It is important to emphasise that the Equality Review remains one of the most significant pieces of work carried out by the Force in terms of driving forward change that will ensure equality and fairness across the organisation.
“In order to be transparent, we have announced that we have referred complaints in relation to various aspects of the management of the Equality Review and subsequent media coverage to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), who has referred the matters back to the Force to investigate locally. I have asked for an external force to undertake the investigation, and this was publicly announced last week.
“It would not be appropriate for us to disclose further detail of the complaints. However all matters which have been brought to our attention will be thoroughly investigated, and I am committed to establishing whether there is any substance to these allegations.”
In relation to the complaints against the Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer, these matters were referred to the IPCC as is set down in procedure, and have been referred back to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland to investigate.
The OPCC has already announced that an external force will undertake this investigation to ascertain whether there is any substance to these allegations.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland Barry Coppinger said: “Since her arrival, Jacqui Cheer has made changes within Cleveland Police which have tackled issues internally as well as improving the service to the public, and I support the work she is doing. I look forward to the matter being resolved as soon as possible.”
Posted on Tuesday 29th July 2014