8th Dec, 2016

Warwickshire Chief Constable cleared of misconduct

Stratford Editorial 28th Sep, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE POLICE watchdog has found Warwickshire chief constable Martin Jelley has no case to answer for gross misconduct.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) launched an investigation into Mr Jelley’s conduct just days before he took over at the helm of Warwickshire’s force back in April.

The former Northamptonshire Police deputy chief constable was investigated in relation to a delay in referring a matter to the IPCC while in his previous role.

But the IPPC has now said Mr Jelley, who was announced as Andy Parker’s successor late last year, has no case to answer.

No further details of the investigation have been released due to a linked inquiry into possible misconduct by Northamptonshire Police deputy chief constable Andy Frost.

But the IPCC did confirm an investigation into possible misconduct by Mr Frost, who was promoted in the summer, is continuing.

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball said: “While I am unable to comment in further detail due to an ongoing related investigation, I am satisfied that all the matters relating to Martin have now been resolved.

“It comes as no surprise to me that there was no case to answer and I am delighted his name and good reputation have been re-affirmed.

“Throughout the course of the investigation, I have been extremely impressed with Martin’s professionalism and dedication, which never faltered despite what I am sure must been a personally difficult period.

“The update from the IPCC vindicates the decision I took to allow Martin to take up his appointment as planned and I am pleased he will be able to focus exclusively on his work with Warwickshire Police now these matters have been resolved.”

Chief Constable Martin Jelley added: “Clearly I am pleased that this investigation has concluded and that I have been fully exonerated by the IPCC.

“I have been determined throughout this process not to be distracted from my core job and to continue working hard along with my officers and staff to protect the public of Warwickshire.”