Met police commander suspended over claims of ‘inappropriate behaviour’

11:47 08 January 2014

Chief Superintendent Darren Williams, who heads Merton borough, has been suspended over claims of 'inappropriate behaviour' (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

Chief Superintendent Darren Williams, who heads Merton borough, has been suspended over claims of 'inappropriate behaviour' (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

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The police borough commander for Merton borough in south west London has been suspended after complaints were made by colleagues, the Met has confirmed.

A spokesman said Chief Superintendent Darren Williams’ conduct is being looked into by the directorate of professional standards, and was relieved of his duties yesterday.

“The matters were raised by Metropolitan Police Service employees, and relate to inappropriate behaviour,” he said.

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

“Superintendent David Palmer will act as the borough commander for Merton whilst this investigation is concluded, to ensure that there is no impact on our service to the local community.”

Chief Superintendent Williams has been based in Merton since February 2012, and has served with the Met for 26 years.

A former soldier, he previously led the Met’s pan-London crime squad and specialised in hate crime and public protection.