No confidence in top cop

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COUNTY COUNCILLORS are set to propose a vote of no confidence in North Yorkshire’s police chief at a meeting on Wednesday (20 July).

In May chief constable Graham Maxwell was given a final written warning for helping a relative gain an unfair advantage in a police recruitment drive, and now councillors have decided to show their unhappiness at his continued position as leader of North Yorkshire’s police force.

The motion will be proposed at a meeting of North Yorkshire County Council by County Coun Geoff Webber and seconded by County Coun Stuart Parsons.

It will say: “Following the chief constable’s admission of gross misconduct, and the significant expense to the public purse of the enquiry resulting from his failure to admit the gross misconduct at an early stage, that this council no longer has confidence in Mr Maxwell as chief constable.”

Mr Maxwell is thought to be the first chief constable to have faced gross misconduct charges in more than 30 years.

He became North Yorkshire’s chief constable in 2007, joining from South Yorkshire Police, where he had been a deputy since 2005.