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Disciplinary hearings for North Yorkshire's two top coppers.

Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell

2:49pm 25th November 2010
(Updated 3:53pm 26th November 2010)

North Yorkshire's two most senior police officers are to face disciplinary hearings.

It follows an independent investigation by the IPCC into Chief Constable Graham Maxwell and his deputy Adam Briggs.

This is all in regard to claims that Mr Maxwell and Mr Briggs both helped out relatives who wanted jobs as police officers after a recruitment drive was launched in February.

Earlier this year the force's recruitment hotline crashed when over 200,000 people tried to call it to apply for 60 jobs.

The IPCC and the Police Authority have now agreed that Mr Maxwell will face a gross misconduct hearing; Mr Briggs will face a misconduct meeting.

If they're found guilty, Graham Maxwell could be dismissed from his job; Mr Brigg's would face a final written warning.

Three other people have also been investigated for using their position to effect the recruitment system for thier own gain.

They were two members of police staff and a police constable.

Following a investigation by the force's Professional Standards Department, the two police staff have been dismissed from their jobs.

The police constable has issued with a final written warning.

PICTURED: Police Chief Constable, Graham Maxwell

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