Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens today outlined the procedure to be followed in the Chief Constable’s misconduct proceedings.
The misconduct process is not yet complete. I’m waiting for the misconduct panel’s report, when I receive that I will hold a further hearing with the Chief Constable to determine his sanction.
I have read the open letters from the staff associations and I am listening to the views of residents. The whole procedure for police misconduct is strictly regulated. Like all judicial processes when proceedings are not complete it is not possible to discuss or comment upon them until they have been finalised.
In the meantime Chief Constable Nick Gargan will not be returning to work in Avon and Somerset. However he will be carrying out some national work with the National Police Chiefs Council.
Retired police officers from the Avon and Somerset force have joined calls for a quick resolution to the issues surrounding their chief constable.
In a strongly worded open letter to Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens, The Association of Retired Police Officers described the situation around Nick Gargan as 'devastating' and urged a 'speedy, calm and harmonious' resolution.
We fear that, if a Chief Constable with eight findings of guilt for misconduct remains, there will be little respect for him for the duration of his contract. The consequences that will ensue for individuals include low morale, de-motivation and inevitable concern about their vulnerability within the Force structure and it is your clear duty to avoid such a situation.
The Chief Constable as the overall head for maintaining discipline and control of the Force must be an individual of impeccable character. We cannot see how that could possibly be achieved in the current circumstances.
Read the full letter below:
A petition calling on Nick Gargan to resign has reached more than 800 signatures.
There's growing pressure for the Chief Constable in charge of Somerset to step down after he was found guilty of eight misconduct charges earlier this month.
After retired officers released a statement saying there would be little respect for Nick Gargan if he returned, Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens spoke about the issue for the first time.
But when our correspondent Bob Constantine tried to push her further on the issue, her PR stepped in.
Avon and Somerset Police were forced to re-route 999 calls yesterday - after technical issues meant call handlers couldn't log on to their computers.
Those calling for emergencies were delayed as they were connected with neighbouring police forces.
But people calling in via 101 had to wait up to an hour to speak to someone.
The computer glitch has now been resolved.
This morning there is heavy and persistent rain with a warning for those using the roads to take care.
Rain will ease off towards the afternoon.
Roads are expected to be busier than normal today as thousands of people head to the West Country for the weekend.
Some schools have already broken up but more break up today for the summer holidays.
The AA is advising people to stagger their holidays and travel plans to avoid disruptions on their journey.