It is a "huge disappointment" that Avon and Somerset Police chief constable Nick Gargan has been asked to resign after being found guilty of misconduct, the Chief Police Officers Staff Association has said.
A spokesman for CPOSA said Mr Gargan was "deeply sorry" and that his first priority on returning to the force would be to rebuild confidence in the force and in him as leader.
Speaking on behalf of Mr Gargan, the spokesman said: "After five months of investigation and a 15 month process, the panel made findings of "flawed judgement" and "ill-advised" behaviour
"Chief Constable Gargan is deeply sorry for these and is committed to learning from them.
“We note and respect the views of certain groups of current and retired staff. We share their regret that the good name of the constabulary has been tarnished.
"But the overwhelming majority of the rumours surrounding the chief constable have turned out not to be true; indeed none of the initial allegations that prompted his suspension led to a misconduct finding, let alone a finding of gross misconduct or criminal behaviour. He welcomes publication of the panel's report."
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner has begun the process for Nick Gargan to resign from his post.
Sue Mountstevens has used powers under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act (section 38) calling upon the Chief Constable to stand down, due to a lack of confidence by local people, police officers and staff.
The decision follows an independent misconduct panel which found Chief Constable Nick Gargan guilty of eight counts of misconduct last month.
She is calling upon the Chief Constable ‘to resign’ due to a lack of confidence by local people, police officers and staff in his position
"He abused his position by forwarding confidential emails, interfering with a proper recruitment process..."
“I believe that there is now a detrimental impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of him leading Avon and Somerset Constabulary,"
Following today’s announcement Chief Constable Nick Gargan has been suspended.
ITV News understands that Avon and Somerset's police chief Nick Gargan has been asked to resign.
An independent panel found Mr Gargan guilty of eight unspecified charges of misconduct and recommended that he should get a final written warning.
However, it's now understood that the Police Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens will go further and use legal powers to order him to resign.
An official announcement is expected within the hour.
Today, the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police, will learn his fate at a sanction hearing.Read the full story ›
A disciplinary report into Somerset's Chief Constable will be published today.
An independent panel has decided that Nick Gargan should receive a final written warning after being found guilty of eight charges of misconduct.
Details of what these are will be given by crime commissioner Sue Mountstevens, who will announce what punishment she is imposing.
The Police Federation says it has no confidence in Mr Gargan. There has been growing pressure for him to step down after he was found guilty of eight misconduct charges last month. More than a thousand people have signed a petition calling on him to resign.
A petition calling for the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police to resign has been handed over to the Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens.
There has been growing pressure for Nick Gargan to step down after he was found guilty of eight misconduct charges last month.
More than a thousand people have signed the petition.
A petition calling for the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police to resign is being handed over to the Police and Crime Commissioner later today. There has been growing pressure for Nick Gargan to step down after he was found guilty of eight misconduct charges last month. More than a thousand people have signed the petition.
Three former Avon & Somerset Police Chief Constables have written to the Police and Crime Commissioner asking Nick Gargan to resign.Read the full story ›
Read the full letter here: Letter calls for Nick Gargan to resign
Three former Avon & Somerset Police Chief Constables have written to the Police and Crime Commissioner, asking Nick Gargan to resign.
The letter says that moral in Avon & Somerset Constabulary is "fragile" and that "Leaders should be inspiring not an embarrassment."
Earlier today, an independent misconduct panel recommended Mr Gargan be given eight final written warnings, as a sanction for eight counts of misconduct.
A short extract from the letter:
It is incomprehensible to us that a Chief Constable with such a large number of substantiated misconduct findings on his record could be respected as a leader and maintain the morale of the Force.
How can the officers, staff, special constables and volunteers of Avon and Somerset Constabulary have confidence in their Chief Constable? If they cannot have confidence, then how can the wider community?
Sadly, it is our professional view that confidence cannot be restored without a change of Chief Constable.
Avon and Somerset Chief Constable Nick Gargan's sanction hearing has been announced to take place on Wednesday August 19th.
The sanction hearing follows an independent misconduct panel finding the Chief Constable was guilty of eight counts of misconduct.
It's been recommended that he gets a eight final written warnings as a sanction.
Today I received the independent misconduct panel’s report which means I can now hold a sanction hearing with the Chief Constable. It has been agreed with all parties that Wednesday 19th August is the soonest most practicable date the sanction hearing can take place.
The report is 90 pages long and I am considering the panel’s views and recommendations thoroughly ahead of the sanction hearing.