The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has announced that a senior officer in North Yorkshire Police is under criminal investigation for potential misconduct. The officer, whose rank has not been disclosed, is suspected of providing a false or misleading account to avoid receiving a sanction for a speeding offence. The IOPC has upgraded its investigation and notified the officer that they are under criminal investigation for potential offences of misconduct in public office, improper exercise of police powers, and intent to pervert the course of justice. The officer has also been warned that they could face allegations of gross misconduct and a disciplinary hearing. The officer has been suspended from duty, and the IOPC will conduct a thorough investigation independently of the police. At this early stage, it is unclear whether criminal charges or disciplinary proceedings will follow. The IOPC will provide further updates as the investigation progresses.
North Yorkshire’s Police, Crime and Fire Commissioner Zoe Metcalfe has reassured the public that the continuity of leadership within North Yorkshire Police is not affected by the investigation. The Chief Officer Team has her full support and confidence moving forward. The police force is aware of the investigation by the IOPC and has stated that it would be inappropriate to comment further due to the ongoing investigation. All enquiries should be directed to the IOPC at this stage.