Greater Manchester Police chief constable Sir Peter Fahy should be suspended pending the outcome of the IPCC investigation into alleged misconduct, according to Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk.
He told ITV News: "He should be suspended as these are serious allegations. This is not a disciplinary issue we're talking about here, but a potential criminal investigation."
The Labour politician added that he was in no doubt that if another frontline officer faced such serious allegations they would be suspended.
Sir Peter Fahy has been served with a criminal and gross misconduct notice in relation to his "alleged support to an allegedly poorly-handled investigation into a suspected sex offender", the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has said.
Danczuk said: "The leadership of Greater Manchester Police risks damaging public trust in the force. Sir Peter says he has done nothing wrong and is confident his name will be cleared. But he should be suspended while that process takes place."
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