Inquiry into force conduct

19th February 2013. Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire Mark Burns-Williamson.
19th February 2013. Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire Mark Burns-Williamson.
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A “root and branch” review of the conduct of West Yorkshire Police officers has been ordered following-high profile scandals.

The inquiry, ordered by police commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson, will focus on how the force deals with allegations of misconduct.

It follows a string of high-profile cases which have damaged the reputation of the force, including West Yorkshire Police’s dealings with the serial sex abuser Jimmy Savile.

Mr Burns-Williamson has appointed Catherine Crawford, formerly chief executive of the Metropolitan Police Authority, to carry out the inquiry.

He said: “With the support of the chief constable and the chief executive of the PCC, I have agreed a root and branch review of the complaints procedure and this will be led by Catherine, with her considerable experience and expertise in this area of work.”

The force also came under fire for misconduct in its involvement with supergrass Karl Chapman, who was allowed to take drugs and visit a brothel while under police supervision.

In March, the Independent Police Complaints Commission found ex-chief constable Sir Norman Bettison had a case to answer for gross misconduct over his involvement in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, while Castleford detective constable Nicholas McFadden was jailed for 23 years in April after stealing more than £1m worth of heroin, cocaine and cannabis from evidence stores.