Police chief quizzed in contracts probe

Police chief quizzed in contracts probe

The Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police has been interviewed by detectives from the PSNI over alleged bribery and misconduct during his time as an officer in Northern Ireland.

Mark Gilmore, who grew up in Belfast and spent most of his career in the region, has been suspended on full pay by West Yorkshire police and crime commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson following the PSNI's investigation into the awarding of police vehicle contracts.He voluntarily attended a police station in Belfast last week for interview.Following the interview, police said a file was being prepared for the Public Prosecution Service to decide if charges should be made.Mr Gilmore has said he conducted himself with the honesty and integrity expected of someone in his position and had 31 years with an unblemished professional record.He is from the Shankill Road area of west Belfast and attended the University of Ulster and Harvard in Boston.Mr Gilmore joined the RUC in 1983 and was part of the force's fundamental review team in 1995 which led to the PSNI's formation.So far police have arrested seven men on offences including bribery, misconduct in public office and procuring misconduct in public office.Retired PSNI assistant chief constable Duncan McCausland was one of those arrested as part of the investigation.After he was released, pending a report being sent to prosecutors for assessment, Mr McCausland strenuously denied wrongdoing and stressed his determination to prove his innocence.A member of police staff, aged 54, was detained in Co Antrim and released earlier this week.


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