Former chief constable to be investigated over alleged inappropriate behaviour

Mike Veale is being investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) for alleged inappropriate behaviour towards colleagues, discrimination, and unprofessional behaviour. 

Feb 1, 2019
By Neil Root

The former chief constable of Cleveland Police resigned ten days ago following the referral to the IOPC. 

Police and crime commissioner Barry Coppinger made the referral on January 17, alleging that Mr Veale had behaved “inappropriately and acted in a discriminatory manner”. 

He announced Mr Veale’s resignation four days later citing “allegations of a serious nature” as the reason for his sudden departure. 

Mr Coppinger also announced that Humberside Chief Constable Lee Freeman is to lead the force on a temporary three-month secondment, which commenced on January 28.  

On Friday (February 1), IOPC Regional Director Miranda Biddle said: “It is crucial that allegations of a serious nature are investigated thoroughly and independently. Mr Veale has been informed that we have started our investigation and we will contact him and other parties in due course, as part of our enquiries. 

“We are at the very start of the process so it would not be appropriate for me to comment further, other than to reassure the public, and all those working at Cleveland Police, that we will handle this investigation both diligently and sensitively.  

“This investigation will be managed by our team in Cardiff to provide additional independence from our regional structure.” 


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