The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating an allegation that the most senior member of police staff in Cleveland Police misused public funds.
Assistant Chief Officer Ann Hall, who is responsible for finance and commissioning, is the subject of an allegation that unauthorised payments amounting to thousands of pounds have been made to an executive coaching company.
The allegation was referred to the IPCC by Cleveland Police and an independent investigation has begun.
ACO Hall has been suspended by Cleveland Police while the investigation is ongoing.
IPCC Commissioner Cindy Butts said: "Any allegations of misuse of public funds is serious and must be investigated. Given the recent history of Cleveland Police and the investigations into former Chief Constable Sean Price and his deputy Derek Bonnard I can appreciate that news of this investigation may cause some concern among the public. I can assure them this investigation will be thorough and conducted as quickly as possible.”
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