West Yorkshire’s top police officer could face criminal charges in Northern Ireland as prosecutors have told they are now considering evidence in the case.
The regions’ chief constable Mark Gilmore was suspended back in June as part of an investigation over allegations of corruption regarding the awarding of police vehicle contracts during his service in Northern Ireland.
Det Supt Jonathan Roberts from the Serious Crime Branch said: “Police inquiries are continuing. One file has been submitted to the Public Prosecution Service for consideration. Another file remains under preparation and will be forwarded as expeditiously as possible to the PPS.”
West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson whose role includes bringing the Chief Constable to account, said earlier: “We are having to work very closely with the Police Service of Northern Ireland as part of their ongoing investigation in which Mark Gilmore is clearly part of that investigation.
“We are in the process of doing that to move it on quickly as we can.”
And the Examiner has found through its own Freedom of Information request that Mr Gilmore has been paid £85,941 by West Yorkshire Police since he was suspended by Police and Crime Commissioner in June.
Mr Burns-Williamson added: “I’m acutely aware of the situation but there is a due process to follow. As the PCC I have a duty to follow the right protocols and that is what we are doing.
“There will be some further announcements in due course.”
Mr Gilmore, 50, is one of several officers facing claims including bribery, misconduct in public office and procuring misconduct in public office.
Seven men have been arrested as part of the investigation. Mr Gilmore is not one of them but he did voluntarily attend a police station in Belfast in August for interview.
The Examiner submitted the Freedom of Information request to West Yorkshire Police which showed a breakdown of payments for the months of June to August. Mr Gilmore has received gross basic pay of £14,254.50 and housing allowance of £416.83 each month.
He was then awarded an increase, as the nationally agreed pay award, which took payments to £14,397 basic pay for September and last month.
Mr Gilmore has not had use of his vehicle since the start of his suspension and all IT equipment, including mobile phones, were returned to West Yorkshire Police.
Mr Gilmore denies any involvement in the alleged corruption saying he has conducted himself with honesty and integrity.