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The Met Police says there is an allegation rules were breached.

Supt Parm Sandhu. Photo: Twitter

Supt Parm Sandhu. Photo: Twitter


Three officers are being investigated following an allegation they breached rules about honours nominations.

Temporary Chief Superintendent Parm Sandhu, the most senior Asian woman in the Metropolitan Police, is understood to have been served with a gross misconduct notice and placed on restricted duties.

Two other officers - a detective superintendent and an inspector, both from frontline policing - were given misconduct notices and remain on full duties, Scotland Yard said.

Last month Ms Sandhu tweeted she "will be promoted to Chief Supt in Met" saying she will be the first woman of colour to hold the rank.

In 2006 she was presented with The Public Sector Award at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards in part for her work in the aftermath of the July 7 London bombings.

National Police Chiefs' Council guidelines state "any person can nominate any other person for an honour" but people are not supposed to nominate themselves.

There were 46 policing and related criminal justice gongs announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honours last month.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "The Met's Directorate of Professional Standards is investigating the conduct of three officers following an allegation that they breached guidelines relating to the UK honours nomination process."

Police Oracle recently revealed the NPCC has decided to streamline the process for recommending honours for chief officers – which it leads on itself.

The organisation’s honours committee assesses nominations received from for its ranks while HMICFRS carries out the function for those of lower rank.

In 2016 Prime Minister Theresa May called for Queen’s Police Medal awards to become more representative after Police Oracle highlighted that a chief officer was more than 1,500 times more likely to be awarded the honour than someone of federated rank.


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