Police tsar in benefits probe

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AN ELECTED police tsar is being investigated over allegations involving employee benefits taken when he was a serving officer.

Ron Hogg, Durham Constabulary’s police and crime commissioner (PCC), has been accused of knowingly accepting benefits to which he was not entitled during his time as Deputy Chief Constable of Cleveland Police.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an investigation into the claims against Labour member Mr Hogg, who worked as a police officer for more than 30 years.

He said: “I will fully co-operate with the IPCC investigation and I am confident that they will find I have acted in good faith throughout.

“Remuneration I received when working for Cleveland Police was determined by Cleveland Police Authority. I took no part in the decision-making process over the remuneration I received.”

The allegations against Mr Hogg were referred to the IPCC by Durham’s Police and Crime Panel, the body responsible for publicly scrutinising the actions and decisions of the PCC. The panel received information from officers working on Operation Sacristy, an ongoing criminal investigation.