The Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police has been found guilty of misconduct at a private panel hearing today.
Nick Gargan faced ten charges of gross misconduct and three of misconduct, and has been found guilty of eight at the level of misconduct, though not of gross misconduct.
The Chief Constable was accused of leaking internal emails and behaving inappropriately towards female staff members last year. He has been suspended on full pay ever since.
His suspension has been lifted, and after a hearing on what sanctions he will receive, he is due to return to work.
A gross misconduct hearing into the actions of the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset will not be held in public.
Nick Gargan was suspended from his role in May accused of inappropriate behaviour towards women and disclosing confidential information. The Independent Police Complaints Commission consulted on holding the hearing in the open but found that vulnerable witnesses should be protected in giving evidence. Mr Gargan denies the claims.
A gross misconduct hearing for the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset could be held in public.
Nick Gargan is accused of making inappropriate advances to female colleagues, and disclosing confidential information.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission can hold hearings in public if it decides there are exceptional circumstances. It is holding a consultation on the issue which will run until Wednesday 10 December.
The Chief Police Officers’ Staff Association (CPOSA) has issued a statement following the decision by the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner to call for a misconduct hearing into allegations of inappropriate misconduct by Chief Constable Nick Gargan.
Nick Gargan, the Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset, who was suspended in May amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards female staff will face a misconduct hearing.
It follows an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission into the allegations.
Nick Gargan denies any inappropriate behaviour towards women.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens has made a full statement on the decision:
A Chief Constable, suspended over claims of inappropriate advances to junior female members of staff, won't be prosecuted.
Nick Gargan, head of Avon and Somerset police, was interviewed under criminal caution regarding allegations of gross misconduct for alleged breaches of the Data Protection Act.
It was claimed that he abused the police email system by sending messages about police business, containing personal data, to individuals unconnected to the force.
He was suspended in May and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPPC) launched an investigation which they have now completed.
They announced today that Mr Gargan won't face criminal charges.
Instead, Avon and Somerset's Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, will decide on his fate.
The Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner says day-to-day policing won't be affected following the suspension of the Chief Constable.
Nick Gargan was suspended yesterday amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards female staff. Sue Mountstevens says he'll be investigated in exactly the same way as any other officer.
We have been speaking to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset about the decision to suspend Chief Constable Nick Gargan over allegations of inappropriate conduct towards women colleagues. Sue Mountstevens says the allegations are serious, which is why the action has been taken.
Avon and Somerset Police chief constable Nick Gargan has been suspended over allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards female officers.
Avon and Somerset deputy chief constable John Long will act as temporary chief constable.
Mr Gargan started his career with Leicestershire Constabulary in 1988 after completing a degree in French and politics at the University of Leicester.
He worked extensively on the investigation into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.