Top cop remains on leave as report is delayed

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THE future of a top cop who has been paid over £65,000 to stay at home is still unclear.

John Mauger, the assistant chief constable of Central Scotland Police, has been on “gardening leave” since last July.

For the last nine months he has remained in his London home on full pay while complaints against him are investigated.

These are believed to include claims of insubordination and inefficiency.

The investigation is being carried out by Grampian chief constable Colin McKerracher.

His report had been expected to be handed over to Central Scotland Joint Police Board by the end of March. However, it has now been delayed.

Yesterday (Wednesday), Councillor George Matchett, convener of the police board, said: “The Grampian chief constable has indicated that the time frame needs to be extended. The report should be due in mid-April when we will be able to consider it.”

Mr Mauger came to the Central Scotland force in February 2009 from a role as temporary Assistant Chief Constable at HM Inspectorate of Constabulary. He had previously served with the Metropolitan and Essex Police.