Avon and Somerset could soon have a replacement for disgraced former Chief Constable Nick Gargan, who resigned over misconduct charges.Read the full story ›
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Charlotte Leslie, the MP for Bristol North West, has told ITV News she believes Nick Gargan's dismissal to be "a joke".
The conservative MP condemned the process that led to the Avon and Somerset Chief Constable being asked to resign, and said she will launch an enquiry with other Tory politicians into the IPCC enquiry which started the process.
Mr Gargan was told to step down after an independent panel found him guilty of eight counts of misconduct - his resignation was accepted today. But Charlotte Leslie said at the time the process smacks of "a witch hunt devoid of real facts".
Avon & Somerset's Chief Constable Nick Gargan has resigned after being found guilty of misconduct.
Nick Gargan had faced mounting calls to quit after being found guilty of misconduct three months ago. He'd been suspended on full pay for more than a year.
The Police and Crime Commissioner of Avon and Somerset said he abused his position by forwarding confidential emails, interfering with a proper recruitment process and storing intimate images on his work phone.
Commissioner Sue Mountstevens had previously told ITV News the situation had been "damaging for everyone concerned", and initiated the process to require Mr Gargan to resign.
I have accepted Mr Gargan’s resignation with immediate effect. I think this is in the best interests of the Constabulary, and residents. It also means that the protracted and lengthy section 38 process will end immediately and no further legal expense will be incurred.
Mr Gargan will receive three-month’s salary in lieu of notice - as the terms of his contract state.
The Police Inspectorate is expected to give its verdict on the future of Avon and Somerset Chief Constable Nick Gargan this afternoon.
The Chief Constable was found guilty of eight counts of misconduct by an independent panel.
He remains suspended on full pay and has been asked to resign by the area's Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens.
Avon and Somerset Police Chief Constable Nick Gargan is "deeply sorry" for the "flawed judgement" and "ill-advised" behaviour that led to being found guilty of eight charges of misconduct, the Chief Police Officers Staff Association has said.
A CPOSA spokesman said it was a "huge disappointment" that he had been asked to resign - and said the embattled chief constable's first priority on returning to the force would be to rebuild confidence in the force and in him as leader.
"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 Sue Mountstevens said today that he had "let down" his colleagues, "abused his position", and had "lost the confidence of local people, police officers and staff".
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It has emerged that 24 out of 25 Avon and Somerset police superintendents voted 'no confidence' in Nick Gargan.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 Avon and Somerset 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.
An Avon & Somerset Police officer has told ITV News staff are 'scared to death' at the prospect of the Chief Constable returning to work.Read the full story ›