A senior police officer accused of meddling in sex scandals to protect her colleagues has claimed the investigation into her alleged wrongdoing has left her with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Superintendent Bev Gill, who worked in Cleveland Police’s professional standards department, is herself being investigated for gross misconduct over claims she tipped off a detective accused of making sexual advances against junior officers and staff.
Cleveland Police had applied for the case to be adjourned following the discovery of new evidence that recently came to light.
But lawyers for Supt Gill claim that the investigation – which dates back to events in 2015 – has left her suffering with PTSD and should be scrapped rather than delayed any longer.
She was suspended from the force for three years before the suspension was lifted in February.
Supt Gill – who intends to retire from the force on conclusion of the hearing – faces two separate allegations of misconduct.
In the first count she is accused of turning a blind eye to the predatory behaviour of Detective Inspector Simon Hurwood, who was accused of targeting a string of vulnerable female colleagues.
The second allegation relates to claims she also "meddled" in an investigation when a senior officer was seriously assaulted by the furious husband of one of her police officer friends amid allegations of an affair.
Responding to the application for a further adjournment, Shamaila Qureshi, chairman of the panel ruled the public interest outweighed the negative effect on the officer’s health.
She said: "There is undoubtedly a high public interest in having these allegations tested" and ordered that the next stage of the inquiry should go ahead in no later than three months.
Supt Gill, who has been with Cleveland Police since 1996, had been accused of turning a blind eye to the behaviour of Mr Hurwood and then later tipping him off about an investigation into his behaviour.
Mr Hurwood was eventually arrested in 2018 and there was a misconduct hearing regarding his behaviour towards more than 20 women in the force.
He was never charged and later resigned from the force.
The second alleged misconduct matter, related to an incident in which a chief inspector was assaulted by the husband of a police officer after he discovered they were having an affair.
Supt Gill was accused of having "meddled" in the internal investigation because she was a friend of the female officer.
She has denied all the allegations.