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Review Into Former North Yorkshire Police Bosses £100,000 Payout

Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell

8:43am 3rd December 2013

Ways to get back almost £100,000 of payments to two top North Yorkshire police officers will be discussed later.

Former Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell and his former deputy Adam Briggs were paid the allowances over six years.

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire and Dave Jones, Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, published a Decision Notice last month on their recently commissioned review of historic and current payments to Chief Police Officers within North Yorkshire Police.

The Report was commissioned to see whether, in the light of public concern about such issues, all elements of Chief Police Officer allowance packages paid in the past had a solid legal basis. The Report focussed solely on the last six financial years.

The Review found that there were some elements which were paid to Mr Maxwell and Mr Briggs, that although decided upon in good faith at the time, do not appear with hindsight to have been within the legal power of the Police Authority.

Whilst additional details are sought and further specialist legal advice is obtained, Commissioner Julia Mulligan is asking for certain sums to be repaid by former Chief Police Officers, specifically Mr Maxwell and Mr Briggs.  The total amount involved is £99,866, identified over the six year period examined by the review. The Commissioner is also seeking further information on past payments and expenditure.

A board will today look at their responses to the request from Police Commissioner Julia Mulligan and any possible legal action.

In a joint statement, Julia Mulligan and Dave Jones said, “This Report was commissioned as a consequence of public concern locally about payments made to former Chief Officers.  We have decided to take a series of actions, including seeking repayment of almost £100,000, to resolve this issue once and for all.

“Once the Report has been published, it will be the first time North Yorkshire Police will have published a Report of this nature, and is in stark contrast to the old way of doing business and keeping Reports like these under lock and key”.

“It is an example of how committed we are to transparency and openness.”

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