Police chief warned

Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police Grahame Maxwell.
Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police Grahame Maxwell.
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SOUTh Yorkshire’s former Deputy Chief Constable has received a final written warning for trying to help a relative get a job with his force.

Grahame Maxwell, who left South Yorkshire in 2007 to head up North Yorkshire Police, accepted his misconduct when he appeared before a disciplinary panel earlier this week.

He tried to help a relative bypass a telephone line jam caused when 200,000 people tried to get through to his force to apply for 60 jobs last year.

His law firm, Kingsley Napley, confirmed he received a final written warning to remain in force for 18 months.

A spokesman said 50-year-old Mr Maxwell ‘admitted an allegation that he had breached professional standards and thereby brought discredit upon and undermined public confidence in the police service’.

He added: “In admitting the charge as particularised, the Chief Constable, who at no time intended to breach or knowingly breached professional standards, and who did not intend to confer any improper advantage on another person, accepts that his conduct has been discreditable to the force and amounts to gross misconduct.

“He is sincerely sorry and saddened that a very difficult week resulted in errors of judgment, but continues to lead the North Yorkshire Police and wishes only to focus on doing his best for the force in his position as its chief constable.

“The chief constable has had a previously unblemished record and wishes to return to purely focusing on that which he does best - policing.”