London police chief suspended over 'inappropriate behaviour' allegations


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A London police chief has been suspended from duty after an investigation started into allegations of “inappropriate behaviour”.

Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Williams was removed from his post as borough commander of Merton, in the Metropolitan Police, yesterday.

A spokesman said complaints were raised by police officers relating to “inappropriate behaviour”.

Details of the alleged incidents have not been made public but in a statement the Metropolitan Police said they were not prepared to say anything that may identify complainants.

It added: “The MPS expects all officers and staff to maintain the highest standards of conduct, where they fall short of this standard we will take the most appropriate action.”

An acting borough commander is filling Mr Williams’ post until the investigation by the Directorate of Professional Standards is concluded.

The internal watchdog can call a hearing and if serious misconduct is found, officers can be dismissed without notice.

Mr Williams served in the army before joining the Metropolitan Police more than 26 years ago.

He worked in the serious crime, riot and hate crime units before becoming the borough commander of Merton in February 2012.

A profile on the force’s website said he has completed fitness challenges to raise money for military charities and fought a world heavyweight boxing champion to benefit The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

A quote from Mr Williams said he was “extremely proud” to be the Merton borough commander.