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.

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.

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