Police Death Report

A report has severely criticised Wiltshire Police Authority over the death of Wiltshire's Deputy Chief Constable, David Ainsworth, who took his own life.

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David Ainsworth Inquest: Union calls for tougher vetting of senior police officers

The trade union Unison has called for a more rigorous vetting of senior police officers after a coroner ruled that a deputy chief constable took his own life while he was being investigated for misconduct.

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Allegations were made against David Ainsworth over his conduct towards female members of staff. He later took his own life Credit: Wiltshire Police

Unison, which is representing some of the staff who made complaints against David Ainsworth, called on Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, the Association of Chief Police Officers and Home Office ministers to work together to avoid a repeat.

The union also says that the women who complained of sexual harassment by Mr Ainsworth were badly let down by the police service and the way it responds to unacceptable behaviour in the workplace.

David Ainsworth Inquest: Wiltshire Police statement

A statement has been released on behalf of Wiltshire Police Authority and Wiltshire Police in response to the inquest into the death of David Ainsworth

Our sincere and heartfelt thoughts and sympathies are with David’s family, partner Joanna and friends in these tragic circumstances.

This has been an exceptionally difficult period for all concerned, not only for David’s family, partner and friends, but also for many within our organisation.

We note that the coroner recognised that we had put in place comprehensive welfare arrangements which focused on David’s needs...

– Chris Hoare, Wiltshire Police Authority Chairman

Thirteen members of staff raised a total of 26 individual allegations which were being investigated by an outside force at the time of David Ainsworth’s tragic death.

The staff and managers who came forward did so bravely, rightly and properly. They will continue to receive our full support

– Chris Hoare, Wiltshire Police Authority Chairman

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Estranged wife of David Ainsworth speaks at inquest

The estranged wife of the former Deputy Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police said he had spoken about taking his own life.

David Ainsworth was the subject of an internal investigation when he was found dead at his home in March 2011.

Emma Ainsworth said his ultimate goal was to become Chief Constable and "Sir David" but he feared he was going to lose his job.

The hearing at Trowbridge continues.