Senior police officer suspended over speeding offence allegation

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A senior police officer at North Yorkshire Police has been suspended after an allegation they provided a false or misleading account to avoid receiving a sanction for a speeding offence.

The officer, who hasn’t been named, has been suspended from duty after a criminal investigation was launched by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

The IOPC has notified the officer that they are under criminal investigation for the potential offences of misconduct in public office, improper exercise of police powers and intent to pervert the course of justice.

They have also been served notice, informing them that the IOPC is investigating gross misconduct in relation to potential breaches of the police standards of professional behaviour for honesty and integrity; duties and responsibilities; and conduct.

The IOPC has since been advised that the officer has subsequently been suspended from duty.

IOPC director David Ford said: “Where a serious allegation such as this is made, it is important for a thorough investigation to take place to uncover the facts.

“In light of the nature of the allegation and the seniority of the officer involved, this will be carried out by the IOPC, independently of the police.

“I would like to make clear that the launching of an criminal investigation does not necessarily mean that criminal charges or disciplinary proceedings will follow.”

At the conclusion of the investigation, the IOPC will decide whether to refer a file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service for a charging decision, and also decide whether the officer should face disciplinary proceedings.

A North Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “North Yorkshire Police is aware of an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

“It would be inappropriate to comment further due to the ongoing investigation and as it is led by the Independent Office for Police Conduct all enquiries should be directed to them at this stage.”

Police Commissioner Zoë Metcalfe added: “The Independent Office for Police Conduct perform a vital role in independently investigating serious allegations of wrongdoing.

“I would like to reassure the public of York and North Yorkshire that this does not affect the continuity of leadership in place within North Yorkshire Police and that the Chief Officer Team have my full support and confidence going forward.”