|CC Graham Maxwell|
|Article about Chief Constable Stanley Parr, |
see below for larger version
Chief Constable Stanley Parr was a very well respected officer and worked his way through the ranks to be Chief of Lancashire Police. His career ended with him being found guilty of 26 counts of misconduct and he was dismissed. In my investigation i have come across two versions of events.
The first, as reported in Private Eye at the time, it was alleged that Chief Constable Stanley Parr reduced two counts of death by dangerous driving as a favour to an acquaintance, Bill Harrison. The daughter of Harrison mounted the pavement, killing two young mothers. A horrific crime, and Parr's interference with the charges was a devastating blow against justice. This is, perhaps, an example of the argument against the recent reports that forces will be given charging discretion over 80% of cases.
The second, comes from Parr himself. He seems to believe that the reason for his dismissal was purely misuse of his official police vehicle. You can hear his response to the allegations, and the tribunals decision, in the below mp3. Its fascinating to hear, even though it is a fairly brief clip.
Interview with CC Stanley Parr
sometime after the
I have no doubt that every officer across the country has a sense of anger and disapointment that one of our most senior leaders has behaved in this manner. Despite that feeling of anger and disapointment, i am proud that no rank is high enough to hide behind. I hope he is sacked, and that his force can continue under a new leader and recover from this episode. Let it be a example to the police chiefs, you will be held to account.
Here is the larger text version of the above newspaper article on Stanley Parr;