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North Yorkshire's top cop says "sorry"


5:26pm 11th May 2011

North Yorkshire Police's Chief Constable Graham Maxwell's received a written warning for gross misconduct.

It's after he pleaded guilty at an Independent Police Complaints Committee hearing to influencing a recruitment drive for the force last year (February 2010).

He was accused of helping a family member fast track the recruitment process and also helping the friends/family of former Assistant Chief Constable, Adam Briggs, do the same thing.

Adam Brigg faced disciplinary action himself. He's since retired.

Today (Wednesday 11th May 2011) Graham Maxwell has released this statement:

"Over the past 24 hours I have reflected on the outcome of the hearing into my actions during the recruitment campaign in February last year.

"I would like to reaffirm my deep and sincere apology to the residents of North Yorkshire, my officers and my police staff.

"The last thing in the world I would want to do is undermine the reputation of North Yorkshire Police.

"I have been Chief Constable for almost four years. North Yorkshire Police has been my life during that time. I am immensely proud to be the Chief Constable of NYP and immensely proud of what the people who make up our police force have achieved in that time.

"I want to reassure the public of North Yorkshire and the City of York that it is very much business as usual.  Every day our Officers, staff, special constables and volunteers are out there doing an excellent job, dealing with many difficult and challenging situations. 

"My role now, is to continue to lead North Yorkshire Police and work with the members of the Police Authority to continue our good work and deliver the best possible policing service we can to the communities of North Yorkshire."

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