Chief constable cleared after investigation

Retiring Northumbria Police chief constable Sue Sim.
Retiring Northumbria Police chief constable Sue Sim.

THE retiring chief constable of Northumbria Police Chief has been cleared of breaching police standards by an independent investigation.

But Joel Bennathan QC’s investigation into Sue Sim criticised her management style and recommended she should apologise to two officers in particular.

Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said: “I have written to Mrs Sim and directed her to apologise to two officers named in Mr Bennathan’s report before she leaves the force.

“Had she not been retiring I would, despite the clear finding that there is no breach of standards, have required her to undertake some fresh management training to significantly moderate her management style which is what has given rise to these complaints.

“It is a long-standing style of working which may have been typical in policing some time ago but would have had to change if Mrs Sim had stayed on.”

Mr Bennathan found the incidents complained about: ‘fall short of a sufficiently serious conduct, when viewed in the context in which they occurred, to amount to a case to answer in respect of either misconduct or gross misconduct.’

And he dismissed allegations by one officer that Mrs Sim was in breach of the Honesty and Integrity standard of professional behaviour as ‘without foundation.’