Suspended police chief back at work

PUBLISHED: 17:00 31 July 2015

Nick Gargan

Nick Gargan

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THE suspended chief constable at Avon and Somerset Constabulary has returned to work – but not with the force.

Chief Constable Nick Gargan was found guilty of eight charges of misconduct by an independent hearing after being suspended from his £150,000-a-year job.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens is now waiting for the panel’s report on any recommended sanctions the chief constable should face under police regulations.

Mr Gargan is currently working for the National Police Chiefs’ Council while he waits for the panel’s findings.

Both the National Association of Retired Police Officers and the Police Federation have written open letters questioning how he can return to work with Avon and Somerset police.

A petition calling for Mr Gargan to resign was signed by more than 1,000 people.

Ms Mountstevens said: “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.”

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