The Borough Commander for Richmond and Twickenham has been suspended from duty and faces a gross misconduct investigation after allegations of inappropriate behavior were made this week. A superintendent has also been placed on restricted duties.
Chief Supt Colin Kennedy: facing
allegations of innapropriate behaviour
Chief Superintendent Colin Kennedy, a former staff officer to Sir Paul Stephenson and head of covert policing, has today been served with a notice of investigation and suspended from duty.
The matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission to determine its level of involvement.
The Metropolitan Police Service issued a statement saying action was taken today (April 22) following the report of inappropriate behavior to the Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS), first made on Wednesday (April 20).
The statement said: “The allegations are being investigated as potential gross misconduct by the DPS at this stage.
“A temporary 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,” it added.
The MPS did not name the officers but accepted its website, which shows the commander as Chief Supt Kennedy, is accurate.
The MPS said officers are not prepared to say anything that may confirm the identity of complainants.
Before becoming Richmond and Twickenham borough commander Chief Supt Kennedy was the the Head of the London Regional Organised Crime Unit. In 2005, he was appointed staff officer to the then deputy commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson and from 2008 led the Technical Surveillance Unit, managing high risk covert operations in London, elsewhere in the UK and overseas.
The borough commander for Kingston, Chief Superintendent Glenn Tunstall, will take on Chief Supt Kennedy’s duties in addition to his own on a temporarily basis.
The MPS statement added: “The MPS expects all officers and staff to maintain the highest standards of conduct. Any allegations that they have fallen short of these standards will be thoroughly investigated and dealt with appropriately.”