According to the Home Secretary, the head of the police watchdog was forced to retire after becoming the focus of a criminal probe.
Michael Lockwood, director general of the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), announced his resignation on Friday for “personal and domestic reasons.”
Suella Braverman, on the other hand, claimed on Saturday that she was obliged to take “immediate action” after learning that Mr Lockwood was the target of a police investigation into a “historic allegation.”
“I have accepted Michael Lockwood’s resignation as director general of the Independent Office for Police Conduct,” she said.
“I took immediate action upon being made aware that Mr Lockwood was the subject of a police investigation into an historic allegation, and instructed my officials to ask him to resign or face immediate suspension from his role.
“Home Office staff are working at pace with the IOPC’s Unitary Board to put in place temporary arrangements for the organisation’s leadership.”
Mr Lockwood was the IOPC’s first director general when it took over the Independent Police Complaints Commission in 2018.
In a statement issued on Friday, he said:“It is with great sadness that I have decided to resign as director general of the IOPC for personal and domestic reasons, and this will be effective from today.
“It has been an enormous privilege to serve as the first director general of the IOPC and to have led the organisation for the past five years.”
He added: “I am proud of the progress we have made and I am grateful to all our staff, the Unitary Board and external stakeholders for all their support.
“The Unitary Board will now work with the Home Office to put in place new leadership arrangements as quickly as possible.”