Statement re Chief Constable (14 May 2015)

Statement from the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson

"Today (Thursday, 14 May) I can confirm that as of Monday 18 May I will be lifting the suspension of West Yorkshire Police's Chief Constable, Mark Gilmore.

Mark Gilmore was suspended in the public interest while a criminal investigation by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) was carried out.

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) of Northern Ireland recently concluded that there was no criminal case for Chief Constable Gilmore to answer. In light of this decision I have determined that the public interest requirement for suspension no longer applies.

There remains however a legal requirement for me to consider conduct matters in relation to the police standards of professional behaviour and an independent investigation will be carried out by Lancashire Police.

While this conduct investigation takes place Mark Gilmore has agreed to work on a transition project for the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) and to delegate day to day operational control of West Yorkshire Police to his deputy Dee Collins who has, in his absence, acted as the Temporary Chief Constable.

I will continue to work alongside Dee Collins and colleagues in West Yorkshire Police in the interests of people across the County, focused on making sure our communities are safer and feel safer."

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