Probe into allegation against top Sussex Police officer

INVESTIGATION Sussex chief constable Martin Richards.
INVESTIGATION Sussex chief constable Martin Richards.

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AN ALLEGATION of misconduct against a force’s top police officer is being investigated.

Sussex Police Authority voluntarily referred an allegation of misconduct against its Chief Constable Martin Richards to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which is investigating.

When contacted by The News, Sussex Police refused to say any more about the nature of the allegation.

The authority considered the allegation of misconduct through its Professional Standards Committee.

Officials said that in light of the seniority of the person subject to the allegation they referred the matter to the IPCC for independent investigation.

Dr Gordon Bull, chairman of the Professional Standards Committee, said: ‘Trust in the integrity of the police is essential and is of ongoing legitimate public interest.

‘Given the seniority of the officer subject to this allegation it is absolutely right that the Police Authority has voluntarily referred the matter to the IPCC for independent scrutiny.’