Richmond Police Commander suspended over inappropriate behaviour

The Borough Commander of Richmond and Twickenham has been served with a notice of investigation and suspended from duty today, Friday 22 April following the receipt of allegations of inappropriate behaviour.

The allegations were first reported to the Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) on Wednesday, 20 April. The allegations are being investigated as potential gross misconduct by the DPS at this stage.

A referral has this afternoon been made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) in order for it to determine its level of involvement in the investigation.

A superintendent from the borough has also been placed on restricted duties in connection with the investigation and served with a notice of investigation in relation to allegations of failures in duty.

Officers are not prepared to say anything that may confirm the identity of complainants.

Chief Superintendent Glenn Tunstall will temporarily act as the Borough Commander, whilst this investigation continues, to ensure that there is no impact on our service to the local community. Ch. Supt. Tunstall will also continue as Borough Commander of Kingston at this time.

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) expects all officers and staff to maintain the highest standards of conduct. Any allegations that they have fallen short of these standards will be thoroughly investigated and dealt with appropriately.