Commissioner Rob Robinson today confirmed that the criminal investigation into historical allegations of rape by Louise Nicholas had been reopened and was under active investigation.
Mr Robinson said that Deputy Commissioner Long had advised that on an analysis of the information available it was appropriate to re-open the investigation.
As a result of this situation the Commissioner has immediately moved to place Assistant Commissioner Rickards on stand-down.
Mr Robinson noted the full cooperation pledged by Mr Rickards.
"Mr Rickards situation will remain under review pending the conclusion of the investigation," the Commissioner said.
A POLICE OFFICER ON STAND-DOWN MUST:
▪ Not undertake duty or exercise of Police powers
▪ Not use Police identification
▪ Not wear of Police uniform
▪ Not enter Police premises without permission