Following the exclusive report published on this website last month – and subsequently picked up by the national press – more startling revelations have come to light.
After a period away from his office, reportedly on sick leave, Chief Superintendent Tyron Joyce returned to work at West Yorkshire Police headquarters in Laburnum Road, Wakefield, on Monday 15th October, 2018.
WYP HQ is also the administrative base for the National Police Air Service (NPAS), of which Joyce is Chief Operating Officer (COO). His office is within the command suite on the first floor.
Last month, Joyce was given notice of a large number of complaints made against him by NPAS staff, centred around alleged bullying and inappropriate remarks. He vehemently denies the allegations, citing disgruntled, under-performing individuals as the basis of the claims.
He was, at the time, reportedly denied access to his office and police computer systems. Captain Oliver Dismore took over as temporary chief at the time the notices were served. WYP press office has refused to confirm this even though it was in the public domain, on Dismore’s LinkedIn profile.
Joyce’s return to work was not welcomed by some members of NPAS staff, particularly those who had made complaints against him. They had been promised by senior officers in WYP’s Professional Standards Department (PSD) that, if Joyce returned to work in police HQ, it would be in a location remote from them.
It is said that the return to his office had been agreed between PSD and the Superintendents’ Association, who are providing both professional and pastoral support to Joyce.
Complaints about Joyce’s proximity were made to Captain Dismore by NPAS staff involved in the misconduct allegations. Dismore, in turn, made representations to Deputy Chief Constable, John Robins. The latter has had portfolio responsibility for PSD since 2014.
On Tuesday morning, having been tasked by Robins, Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams went to Tyron Joyce’s office and asked him to leave. A confrontation ensued between the two. The upshot is that Joyce is now said to be working remotely from his staff.
ACC Williams is no stranger to this type of controversy, and was suspected by ex-chief constable, Mark Gilmore, of being one of the whistleblowers who made bullying, and inappropriate comment, allegations against him, using the police force’s anonymous reporting system. Gilmore retired in August, 2016 before facing a disciplinary hearing over other alleged misconduct. He had spent over two years away from the force, suspended, and then on gardening leave, prior to retiring.
Both WYP and NPAS were approached yesterday with a series of questions concerning what has been reported by yet another police insider. Neither WYP, nor NPAS, even provided an acknowledgement to the request.
Both press offices have previously declined to confirm that C/Supt Joyce was under investigation, or what class of misconduct was alleged.
The Superintendents’ Association responded promptly with a statement from Victor Marshall, Professional Standards Co-ordinator:
“We are supporting a member who is under investigation for alleged misconduct.
“We await full details of the allegations“.
Under the overall control of Robins, WYP PSD has staggered from crisis to crisis, over the past four years. The Department is widely ridiculed for its shambolic approach to ‘investigations’ (the term is used loosely) and false findings that cost precept payers in West Yorkshire millions of pounds.
On any independent view, and, from the limited details known to date, the Tyron Joyce investigation is another cack-handed debacle: The complainants feel angry and let down; Dismore is being placed in an unnecessarily difficult position by a weak senior leadership team; Joyce is not having the benefit of a fair, impartial, well-managed disciplinary process; and his professional body is, quite plainly, frustrated at the lack of specification of the complaints, months after they were first made.
Little wonder that WYP whistleblowers are coming forward, in increasing numbers, as they lose any remaining faith in the leadership of both the force and NPAS. Interestingly, Dee Collins is in charge of both.
In another exclusive article on this website, her intention to retire early next year was revealed. The force, and Ms Collins, have repeatedly refused to confirm or deny that it will be April 2019, after returning from a three month secondment to the College of Policing, when she goes.
It would not be one day too soon: West Yorkshire Police desperately needs a strong leader who will set the highest possible ethical, professional standards. The search should start now.
Page last updated: Thursday 17th October, 2018 at 0710 hrs
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