The Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable of Cleveland police were arrested early this morning by detectives investigating allegations of misconduct, abuse of position and corrupt practice. Chief Constable Sean Price and deputy Derek Bonnard are being questioned by officers from Warwickshire police. Chief Constable Keith Bristow is leading the investigation. A third woman, not believed to be a police officer, has also been arrested.

In a statement released today, Warwickshire Police said: ‘Police officers conducting a criminal investigation into a number of people with current or past associations with Cleveland Police Authority and the manner in which the authority may have conducted some of its business have this morning (August 3) arrested three people on suspicion of misconduct in a public office, fraud by abuse of position and corrupt practice.

‘Two men and a woman were arrested and have been taken to a police station in North Yorkshire where they will be interviewed later today. A number of premises are being searched in connection with these arrests. No further information is available at this time.’

Warwickshire Police were brought in to oversee a wide-ranging corruption investigation in May after allegations were made against present and former members of Cleveland Police Authority. The Cleveland authority polices the districts of Hartlepool, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton and Middlesbrough.

A spokesman for the Independent Police Complaints Commission said the IPCC was not involved in the investigation but had been informed of the arrests this morning. He said: ‘We have been informed of developments. The IPCC will become involved should any matters be referred to us by the police authority.’

As another Chief Constable from another force becomes subject of allegations of impropriety it would appear that the Police are out of control in many parts of the country and have been acting as a law unto themselves. Now that the Police no longer seem to be above the law lets hope the government grasp the nettle and take this opportunity for a clear out of all the bad apples who tarnish the good name of the vast majority of Officers who go about their jobs in an honest, decent and ethical manner. The Police are having their budgets cut by 20% over the coming years. Here is where to make the savings and exercise the option not to pay pensions to officers convicted of criminal offences.