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Police set to review chief constable’s sickness leave after six months

07:00 16 June 2015

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore and Chief Constable Douglas Paxton

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore and Chief Constable Douglas Paxton

Suffolk Chief Constable Douglas Paxton has been on sick leave for six months today.

Mr Paxton’s leave started on December 16 last year – and his continued absence from his office will trigger a review of his situation by constabulary officials.

This is a normal procedure for any police officer who is away from work for six months. The review will decide whether he should continue to receive his full salary or whether he should be earning half pay.

The decision will be determined by the police, not by the office of Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore.

Mr Passmore said: “Our Chief Constable, Douglas Paxton remains on sick leave and at this point we do not know how long this will continue.

“To cover Douglas’ absence our Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Wilson has been made temporary Chief Constable and we have also secured a temporary Deputy Chief Constable to cover Gareth’s substantive post.

“This provides the resilience we need to continue to provide an efficient and effective police service for the people of Suffolk.

“The absence of any police officer is managed in line with police regulations and Douglas is subject to the same process.”

No details have been revealed about the nature of his illness although Mr Passmore has said he wishes Mr Paxton well in his recovery.

Mr Wilson is now overseeing the biggest financial upheaval in Suffolk Constabulary’s history.

Its budget needs to be slashed by total £20.5million over the next five years. This will lead to radical changes in the way the force is structured and operates.

Stephen Jupp is standing in as temporary deputy chief constable for Mr Wilson. Mr Jupp was seconded from his role as assistant chief constable at Nottinghamshire Police.

5 comments

  • How come 6 months have passed without the nature of his illness being disclosed? Is he actually ill? Or is he depressed as a result of questions being asked by the PCC? The taxpayers surely have a right to know - after all, they're still paying him.

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    bedouin

    Tuesday, June 16, 2015

  • Like the vast majority of his colleagues, I wish Mr Paxton a speedy recovery and return to his rightful position as our leader. He is sorely missed and his return will once again raise the moral of his team, as he did upon his appointment. Come on boss, we need you, the County needs you.

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    Jumbo

    Tuesday, June 16, 2015

  • Why is it not a surprise that the police gravy train allows sick pay at full rate to be extended beyond six months?

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    amsterdam81

    Tuesday, June 16, 2015

  • Geater is back from his hols then ..The big stories are popping up ...Clear to see that Mr passmore has a very different approach to Mr Paxton , and rumors are rife that Mr Passmore might be in charge of the ambulance and fire brigade shortly as the government is looking for major cuts there too..Could see some more chiefs go off sick soon as they stand by and watch their hard work cut to shreds by the bacon slicer ...passmore .

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    deeber

    Tuesday, June 16, 2015

  • Easy, half pay.

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    Erm, Why?

    Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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