Chief Constable has been asked to resign

Avon & Somerset's Chief Constable Nick Gargan has been asked to resign over misconduct charges. A disciplinary report is also to be published.

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Concerns raised over IPCC's handling of Nick Gargan investigation

Today's report by an independent misconduct panel has also raised concerns about the IPCC's handling of the Nick Gargan investigation.

Following the Chief Constables suspension in May 2014, the IPCC began an investigation but concluded that there were no grounds for criminal charges.

PCC Sue Mountstevens has issued the following statement:

I believe the IPCC acted with good intentions to protect and support witnesses and not betray the confidence of those that did come forward, but clearly the way they managed the process in this case has caused concern, as any failure to follow the disclosure process could have led to the proceedings being compromised or worse still collapsing.

The disclosure process needs to be reviewed by the IPCC so it is clearer for all concerned in future investigations and I will be writing to the IPCC Chair Dame Anne Owers to request this.

– PCC Sue Mountstevens

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