The suspension and investigation of the PRO, understood to be Mike Cobb, a Met press office veteran of more than two decades, has sparked outrage among crime reporters.
The Crime Reporters Association has now written to the Met to express concern that the move would discourage staff from being more open, and also to support Cobb, a respected PRO among the association’s membership.
A spokesman would only confirm that a senior PRO had been suspended pending the conclusion of an inquiry, which is still being carried by the director of public standards.
He declined to comment on the details of the allegations, or which story they related to.
It is understood that crime reporters have been contacted by the director of professional standards investigating the allegations.