Police chief dismissed for lying about naval career - The Rugby Observer

Police chief dismissed for lying about naval career

THE CHIEF Constable of Northamptonshire Police has been dismissed for gross misconduct after he was found to have lied and exaggerated his naval rank, length of service and achievements.

This morning (Friday June 21), an independent panel decided that Chief Constable Nick Adderley had breached the standards of honesty and integrity and should be dismissed without notice and placed on the policing barred list, following an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

The IOPC found evidence which ‘demonstrated a pattern of sustained misbehaviour where Mr Adderley perpetuated a false narrative around his military service’.

Adderley made false claims concerning his service in the Royal Navy in his application in 2018 to become chief constable of Northamptonshire.

During his time in the position, had worn an apparent South Atlantic Medal, giving the false impression he had served in the Falklands.

He failed to correct inaccurate media reporting of his record with the Royal Navy, a narrative in part based on Northamptonshire Police news releases.

He also gave false information in a phone conversation with a senior member of staff at the Office for the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner of Northamptonshire concerning his naval service.

Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Danielle Stone and Acting Chief Constable Ivan Balhatchet said they were determined to rebuild public trust and confidence in the force.

Danielle Stone said: “This case has put Northamptonshire Police in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. We now need to set out to restore a reputation for honesty and integrity, which are fundamental values.

“Police officers are held to very high standards and the expectation of police leaders is even higher – it is their duty to set the tone for the rest of the organisation.

“Failing to uphold these standards is incredibly serious and damaging to public confidence in our police officers who do excellent work, day after day, to keep the public safe.

“We will now work hard to rebuild that reputation for honesty and integrity and earn the confidence of the public.”

Acting Chief Constable Ivan Balhatchet said: “I am absolutely determined to make sure our officers and staff live up to the highest standards of honesty and integrity. There is no place in policing for anything less.

“The unprecedented nature of what has happened should not reflect on the dedication and commitment shown by Northamptonshire Police officers and staff.

“No police officer is above independent scrutiny of their actions and when someone falls short of the standards expected of them, they will be accountable.

“Policing is a challenging role and Northamptonshire Police is full of people who have dedicated themselves to keeping the public safe. I am determined to lead a Force that meets those challenges properly and fairly.”

IOPC regional director Emily Barry said: “The panel’s findings show that Mr Adderley’s conduct had fallen well below the professional standards of any police officer, never mind a chief constable.”

Adderley had been suspended on his full salary of £176,550 a year since last October.

The IOPC referred an evidential file to the Crown Prosecution Service for them to consider any potential criminal charges in April, but it has not been confirmed whether any will follow.

Adderley now has 10 days should he wish to appeal against his dismissal.

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