The Borough Commander of Richmond and Twickenham has been suspended from duty by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour.
They were reported to the Directorate of Professional Standards on April 20, and are being currently investigated as potential gross misconduct.
A referral was made on April 22 to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) in order for it to determine its level of involvement in the investigation.
Police say 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. Police will not say anything that may confirm the identity of complainants.
Chief Superintendent Glenn Tunstall will temporarily act as the Borough Commander while the investigation continues, and say the developments will not impact its service to the community. Ch. Supt. Tunstall will also continue as Borough Commander of Kingston at this time.
In a statement the MPS said it expects all officers and staff to maintain the highest standards of conduct. A spokesperson said: “Any allegations that they have fallen short of these standards will be thoroughly investigated and dealt with appropriately.”