London (AFP) - The head of England's second largest police force faces a criminal probe into his role in an allegedly poorly handled investigation into a suspected sex offender, the police watchdog said Tuesday.
Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police (GMP), is one of three serving officers at the force served with criminal and gross misconduct notices following investigations by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
A fourth officer, Terry Sweeney, has been served with a gross misconduct notice following the probes -- prompted by allegations made by a whistleblower in the force -- for his oversight role in the disposal of body parts belonging to victims of serial killer Harold Shipman.
A retired officer from the force will also be served with a criminal and gross misconduct notice.
The IPCC said its investigators had obtained a volume of GMP documents relating to all three investigations and had interviewed the whistleblower.
A major incident room has also been set up and relatives of Shipman's victims are being informed of progress, the IPCC said.
Fahy said: "As a chief constable, you face making complex decisions on a daily basis about many high-risk and challenging situations.
"It is right that this decision-making is scrutinised and that I am held to account as part of this investigation."