North Yorkshire Police deputy to leave

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THE county’s deputy chief constable has suddenly announced his retirement after 31 years with North Yorkshire Police.

Adam Briggs, who for the past year has been at the centre of a storm over allegations of misconduct, announced on Tuesday that he is to retire this Sunday.

Mr Briggs has been the subject of two inquiries in the last year, one of which upheld two counts of misconduct over allegations that he tried to unfairly help a relative during a recruitment exercise. He was cleared of four other counts.

Last week saw a further war of words between Briggs and the North Yorkshire Police Authority, which had launched a probe into his spending of £10,000 on “executive coaching” with a personal trainer.

Briggs had publicly criticised the force, questioning why “valuable time and resource” had been spent on the inquiry which drew a sharp response from the authority defending its responsibility to ensure senior officers are held to account.

In a jointly agreed statement, the authority said on Tuesday that a request from Mr Briggs to retire after 31 years’ service had been accepted.

Chairwoman Jane Kenyon said: “Adam Briggs has been a fine police officer during his 31 years’ service. His contribution has been respected and valued by the communities he has served in Cleveland, West and North Yorkshire”.

Mr Briggs said “I am fortunate to have enjoyed a great career with the police service and I wish to express my respect to the men and women whom I have so enjoyed serving with.”