"England has 39 police forces, headed by 39 chief constables or
commissioners. In the past 18 months, seven have been sacked for misconduct,
suspended, placed under criminal or disciplinary investigation or forced to
resign. That is not far off a fifth of the total.
"In the same period, at least eight deputy or assistant chief constables
have also been placed under ongoing investigation, suspended or forced out
for reasons of alleged misconduct. No fewer than 11 English police forces –
just under 30 per cent – have had one or more of their top leaders under a
With synopsis of major police failings.