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Jersey's suspended police chief Graham Power to retire

Graham Power: Pic Jersey Police
Graham Power has consistently denied any wrongdoing

Jersey's chief of police, suspended in the wake of the Jersey care home investigation, has announced he will retire in August.

A suspension was given to Graham Power in 2008 amid allegations over how he handled the "Historic Abuse Enquiry".

Mr Power is awaiting the outcome of a review of disciplinary procedures which could be stopped once he has retired.

The 63-year-old, who must retire by the end of the year, has given six months notice of his August departure.

Mr Power joined the police in 1966 and came to Jersey in 2000 on a five-year contract, which was extended twice.

Frustration at investigation

He was asked to work beyond the designated retiring age of 60, due to recruitment problems, to retire by the end of 2010.

The former Home Affairs Minister Deputy Andrew Lewis suspended Graham Power in November 2008.

Wiltshire Police have been carrying out an independent investigation into the management of the Historic Abuse Enquiry.

Mr Power, who has denied any wrongdoing, said he was frustrated that investigation had not finished.

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