West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable suspended

West Yorkshire's Chief Constable Mark Gilmore has been suspended from duty by the Police and Crime Commissioner pending an investigation.

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Statement: Suspension will not affect policing

In a statement, Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins said:

I hope to see this investigation brought to a speedy conclusion.

Until that time I have taken on the role of Temporary Chief Constable.

A short time ago, I briefed senior colleagues and we are all agreed that the most important thing now is to maintain our focus on serving the public.

People should feel reassured that day to day service is unaffected and their Neighbourhood Policing Teams will continue to provide the local service they value.

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Statement: PCC suspends West Yorkshire Police's Chief Constable

In a statement the Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson said:

This morning I suspended the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire, Mark Gilmore.

The reason for this suspension is as a result of information I have received from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) arising from an investigation announced by them earlier this week.

I would like to stress that the suspension of the Chief Constable is a necessity in the public interest until the full facts have been established.

I have also referred this matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

I sincerely hope that the PSNI investigation is concluded quickly in a way that could allow me to lift the suspension and Mr Gilmore to return to his post and continue the vital work to ensure communities are safer and feel safer.

I will be keeping the suspension under review as the PSNI investigation proceeds and in the meantime I have asked Deputy Chief Constable, Dee Collins, to act up as Chief Constable for West Yorkshire.

– Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson
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