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Police: Resignations

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many heads of police forces have been requested to resign by (a) her and her predecessors and (b) the relevant police authority in each year since 1997. (247111)

The information is as follows:

(a) Following the fatal shooting of James Ashley in 1998 the then Home Secretary wrote to Sussex police in 2001 urging it to take action to restore public confidence. Paul Whitehouse, the chief constable, retired.

Michael Bichard's independent enquiry into child protection measures, record keeping, vetting and information sharing in Humberside police and Cambridgeshire constabulary reported in 2004. Subsequently the then Home Secretary required Humberside police authority to suspend chief constable David Westwood. David Westwood retired.

(b) The Home Office does not keep records of all discussions between police authorities and heads of police forces.