Senior Met police officer suspended in Merton

Det Ch Supt Darren Williams Image copyright Met Police
Image caption Det Ch Supt Darren Williams has been in the Met for 26 years

A senior police officer in south-west London has been suspended after complaints regarding his conduct.

Det Ch Supt Darren Williams was suspended as the commander of Merton Borough on Tuesday and is being investigated by the Directorate of Professional Standards.

The complaints were made by his colleagues and relate to inappropriate behaviour, police said.

The Met Police would not confirm the complainants' identities.

Supt David Palmer will replace Det Ch Supt Williams as acting borough commander for Merton until the investigation is completed.

'Inappropriate conduct'

A Met Police spokesperson said: "The matters were raised by MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) employees, and relate to inappropriate behaviour.

"We are not prepared to say anything that may confirm the identity of the complainants."

According to the Metropolitan Police website, Det Ch Supt Williams has been based in Merton since February 2012 and has served with the force for 26 years.

The former soldier previously led the Met's pan-London crime squad and specialised in hate crime and public protection, the website said.

On the social networking website Twitter, Merton Police tweeted: "Tough day for us all at Merton yesterday.

"Be reassured there will be no let up in our commitment to work with humility to make Merton safer."

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