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Wiltshire police chief Patrick Geenty 'will not be suspended'

Patrick Geenty (right) was appointed chief constable in January 2013 by Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson (left)
Image caption Patrick Geenty (right) was appointed chief constable in January 2013 by Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson (left)

The chief constable of Wiltshire will not be suspended while his conduct is investigated in relation to complaints over how sex abuse claims were dealt with.

Patrick Geenty is currently the subject of an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) inquiry.

Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson said it was in the "public interest" for him to stay in his role.

Mr Macpherson made the decision after legal advice and consulting the IPCC.

The IPCC is also investigating an inspector and a detective constable, both of whom have been suspended.

In a statement, Mr Macpherson said: "The purpose of an investigation is to establish the facts behind a complaint and that is what I am waiting for.

"Nothing has been placed before me at this stage which, in my judgment, would justify suspension [of Mr Geenty].

"If new evidence is produced by the enquiry team, I will review my decision.

"If the allegations are proved, they would amount to gross misconduct."

The officers being investigated allegedly withheld information from complainants about the extent of the force's failings in dealing with the sexual abuse claims.

It relates to complaints made in 2008-09 and the subsequent inquiry held during 2008-10.


Police chiefs in spotlight

The IPCC is now independently investigating three chief constables:

  • Peter Fahy, Greater Manchester Police
  • Nick Gargan, Avon and Somerset Police
  • Patrick Geenty, Wiltshire Police

The IPCC is managing investigations into two other chief constables:

  • Suzette Davenport, Gloucestershire
  • Adrian Lee, Northamptonshire

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