THE deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire, Ibrahim Master, is to be officially investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
The investigation, which will be carried out by Lancashire Constabulary under the direction and control of the IPCC, will examine allegations of harassment and attempting to pervert the course of justice relating to the 56-year-old.
The Lancashire Police and Crime Panel made a referral about Mr Masters’ conduct to the IPCC following an incident in August.
The investigation will be overseen by IPCC Commissioner Derrick Campbell, the organisation confirmed in a statement.
The allegation is understood to relate to Mr Master’s conduct following a domestic incident in Blackburn, which involved a 49-year-old man.
Two men, 56 and 58 from Blackburn, voluntarily attended a police station regarding harassment allegations, and inquiries are continuing.
Mr Master said: “I welcome this investigation by the IPCC. However, I expected the IPCC to be involved from a much earlier stage than this in this matter because my understanding is that under the Elected Local Policing Bodies (Complaints and Misconduct) Regulations 2012, Lancashire Constabulary should not have conducted the investigation without reference to the IPCC first.
“I expect and hope that the IPCC will now conduct a more proportionate, fair and impartial hearing into my conduct.
“I am satisfied that any investigation of this nature will support my denial of any wrongdoing and I fully expect to be vindicated at the end of all this.
“As I have said before, the complaint to the IPCC contains a number of inaccuracies and inconsistencies and had been formulated at an early stage of the police investigation, which I understand has subsequently produced information which undermines and contradicts a number of the grounds of complaint against me in the Chief Constable’s complaint.”