“Chief constable stands by comments on electoral misconduct”

From today’s Devon Live website”. Can’t imagine it will go down well with his Police and Crime Commissioner, Alison Hernandez!

The chief constable of Devon and Cornwall Police Shaun Sawyer says he still believes the procedures relating to electoral expenses and investigations into any future alleged electoral misconduct require a review.

He first made the comments during a media interview relating to the investigation into the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez.

They prompted a seven-month investigation by Gloucestershire Police, which has now cleared him of misconduct.

Mr Sawyer says his comments “specifically avoided reference to the police investigation into the Police and Crime Commissioner, Alison Hernandez”.

“My views expressed to the media on that day remain the same today.

“One of the purposes of the media is to ask legitimate questions in the public interest and one of the purposes of policing is to answer those questions honestly, without fear or favour.”