CPS takes no further action against chief constable

Chief Constable Adrian Lee with Adam Simmonds out and about in the All Saints area of Kettering for the launch of Policing The Future NNL-140916-143044001
Chief Constable Adrian Lee with Adam Simmonds out and about in the All Saints area of Kettering for the launch of Policing The Future NNL-140916-143044001
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The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that it will be taking no further action against Adrian Lee, the Chief Constable for Northamptonshire.

The Chief Constable was investigated as part of Operation Kalmia, a complex investigation into a number of officers at Staffordshire Police following the conclusion of a murder trial in 2008 when Mr Lee was serving with the Force there.

Mr Lee and the other eight officers under investigation have now been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing by the CPS.

The IPCC, which has also been investigating the case since December 2011, has still to present its findings to the relevant authorities, including the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, Adam Simmonds.

Mr Simmonds said today: “After very nearly three years and millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money spent, we are still waiting for a final report from the Independent Police Complaints Commission that tells us exactly what conclusion has been drawn from this very long process.

“Despite promising to deliver this report by now, I am still waiting for it. I find this to be totally unacceptable bearing in mind the amount of public money that has been spent.

“The IPCC has failed in this respect and as a result I still await proper clarity in knowing what their findings are. I expect their delayed report to be made available to me at the very earliest opportunity.

“Until we receive the full report I am not going to comment further beyond saying this remains a good day for Chief Constable Adrian Lee as well as for Northamptonshire Police.

“Adrian continues to have my full and unflinching support. He is working incredibly hard and it remains a privilege to work with him.

“I will not be making any further comment at this time.”