Merton’s new borough commander announced following suspension of Chief Superintendent Darren Williams


Chief Inspector Stuart Macleod will take over the role.


By SWLondoner staff

Merton’s top police officer has been replaced following complaints of inappropriate behaviour.

Chief Inspector Stuart Macleod will take over the role left by Chief Superintendent Darren Williams, who had been based in Merton since February 2012.

Chief Supt Williams was initially suspended on January 7 after Scotland Yard received complaints relating to his conduct.

The matter is now under investigation by the Metropolitan Police’s directorate of professional standards.

A statement from Scotland Yard said: “The matters were raised by Metropolitan Police Service employees, and relate to inappropriate behaviour. We are not prepared to say anything that may confirm the identity of the complainants.”

Since Chief Supt Williams’ suspension his role has been filled on an interim basis by Superintendent David Palmer.

Following the suspension, the force’s Twitter account posted: “Be reassured there will be no let up in our commitment to work with humility to make Merton safer.”

Chief Supt Williams was appointed to the position in 2012 after 26 years in the Metropolitan Police, when he worked in the force’s public protection and hate crime units.

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