The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) who are a public authority overseeing the Police complaints system in England & Wales announced on 13 November 2015 that a former senior member of Cleveland Police staff Mrs Ann Hall would have faced disciplinary proceedings had she not have previously resigned.
The IPCC investigation followed an allegation that public funds were misused between the period when Sean Price was Chief Constable for Cleveland Police. Mrs Hall resigned from Cleveland Police in July 2013 prior to facing a disciplinary hearing in relation to a separate matter.
The recent IPCC investigation found that a sum in excess of £50,400 was paid to a company called Human Risk Factors over a period of 2 years between 2009 and 2011. The contract was to provide individual mentoring sessions for senior staff including the Chief Constable Sean Price and Mrs Hall. The money due under the contract was paid in set monthly instalments. The IPCC have stated they believe this was done as a way of avoiding conducting a competitive tendering process.
The contract was set up by Mr Price not Mrs Hall however the IPCC state it was evident Mrs Hall had concerns about the contract and whilst there was no evidence of dishonesty Mrs Hall had failed to act in a professional and diligent manner. Mrs Hall kept her concerns within the senior management team and did not raise them with the then Police Authority or with Mr Price’s successor.
IPCC Commissioner Cindy Butts commented:
“This investigation has highlighted another example of the inappropriate practices conducted within Cleveland Police during the period Sean Price was in charge. This was clearly a difficult culture in which to work, but Mrs Hall was a senior member of staff and had a responsibility to act on her concerns. She failed to do so”.