Cumbria Police Authority, which oversees the force, released a statement announcing the suspension of the Temporary Chief Constable, Stuart Hyde:
“The decision has been taken following a number of allegations of serious misconduct, which may indicate there has been a breach in the standards of professional behaviour, by Mr Hyde, in his activities as Temporary Chief Constable.
“The Authority takes all allegations against any police officer seriously and must address these allegations in an appropriate manner.
“This is an isolated matter and does in no way reflect the conduct of the wider Constabulary.
“All staff have been informed of this decision."
The matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Mr Hyde has been replaced as by Bernard Lawson, who is a deputy chief constable at Merseyside Police.
“I would like to reassure the people of Cumbria that we will continue to work hard during this difficult period to deliver the high standards of service they have come to expect from us."