We have been speaking to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset about the decision to suspend Chief Constable Nick Gargan over allegations of inappropriate conduct towards women colleagues. Sue Mountstevens says the allegations are serious, which is why the action has been taken.
The Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset Police Nick Gargan has been suspended from duty over allegations of inappropriate behaviour.
The IPCC has begun an investigation.
This investigation follows a referral from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset and is in to a number of serious allegations that relate to inappropriate conduct towards female members of staff at the force."
The next Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police has been proposed as Nick Gargan.
The Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens announced her choice on Saturday morning.
She said " I am delighted to propose Nick Gargan as the next Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset. Nick is an experienced chief officer who has been working on a national level as Chief Constable and Chief Executive of the National Policing Improvement Agency. "
The decision must be confirmed by the Police and Crime Panel which meets on Wednesday. If they approve Mr Gargan as the next Police Chief, he will take up his role on March 1 2013.