West Yorkshire Police Chief faces investigation

The Chief Constable of West Yorkshire police, Mark Gilmore.
The Chief Constable of West Yorkshire police, Mark Gilmore.

The Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police has been suspended pending an investigating by his former force in Northern Ireland.

Mark Gilmore was suspended on Friday morning by the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson.

Addressing the media at a press conference the crime commissioner said: “This morning I suspended the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire, Mark Gilmore.

“The reason for this suspension is as a result of information I have received from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) arising from an investigation announced by them earlier this week.

“I would like to stress that the suspension of the Chief Constable is a necessity in the public interest until the full facts have been established.

“I have also referred this matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

“I sincerely hope that the PSNI investigation is concluded quickly in a way that could allow me to lift the suspension and Mr Gilmore to return to his post and continue the vital work to ensure communities are safer and feel safer.

“I will be keeping the suspension under review as the PSNI investigation proceeds and in the meantime I have asked Deputy Chief Constable, Dee Collins, to act up as Chief Constable for West Yorkshire.

“It would be inappropriate for me to make any further comments at this time.”

Temporary Chief Con Collins said: “I hope to see this investigation brought to a speedy conclusion.

“A short time ago, I briefed senior colleagues and we are all agreed that the most important thing now is to maintain our focus on serving the public.

“People should feel reassured that day-to-day service is unaffected and their neighbourhood policing teams will continue to provide the local service they value.”