he chief constable of Northamptonshire has been suspended and is going through a prison inquiry into claims he misrepresented his previous by sporting a Falklands Conflict marketing campaign medal.
The Unbiased Workplace for Police Conduct (IOPC) stated final month that it had begun an investigation into what it described as considerations about Nick Adderley’s “potential misrepresentation of his army service”.
In a press release issued on Monday, the IOPC stated Mr Adderley was on account of be interviewed, had been issued with a gross misconduct discover and is underneath investigation for potential offences of misconduct in public workplace and fraud.
An IOPC spokesperson stated: “The Unbiased Workplace for Police Conduct is criminally investigating the chief constable of Northamptonshire over allegations that he has doubtlessly misrepresented his army service, each in public and in communications with the police, hearth and crime commissioner.
“We’ve got suggested the chief constable in a prison letter that we’re inspecting attainable offences of misconduct in public workplace and fraud by false illustration.
“After reviewing data gathered as far as a part of our investigation, we’ve additionally served a gross misconduct discover on the chief constable for potential breaches of police skilled requirements referring to honesty and integrity, orders, and directions and conduct.
“The serving of such a discover and letter doesn’t imply that any proceedings will essentially observe.”
The IOPC stated it’s going to proceed to assemble and assessment proof because the investigation progresses and “will interview the chief officer in the end”.
On the finish of the investigation it’s going to resolve whether or not or to not refer a file of proof to the Crown Prosecution Service to think about any potential offence.
The IOPC spokesperson added: “We may also resolve whether or not the chief constable has any case to reply for disciplinary issues.”
We’ve got suggested the chief constable in a prison letter that we’re inspecting attainable offences of misconduct in public workplace and fraud by false illustration
The commissioner stated: “Allegations of misconduct should at all times be absolutely, independently investigated in order that the general public have faith within the integrity of the police service and the processes that independently maintain policing to account.
“That impartial investigation should now be allowed to take its course and we is not going to be commenting additional on issues associated to the investigation.”
In a press release issued final month, Mr Adderley stated he had at all times worn his personal medals alongside two medals his brothers gave him to put on when one turned critically sick and one moved abroad.
In addition to expressing disappointment at what stated he had been “leaked” particulars of a “very private household problem”, Mr Adderley stated he had modified the aspect of his chest on which he wore his brothers’ medals after in search of recommendation.
Mr Adderley took over as head of the Northamptonshire pressure in 2018 after becoming a member of the police service in 1992 and serving in Cheshire, Higher Manchester and Staffordshire.
He stated in a press release issued on September 29: “It’s disappointing that somebody has leaked such particulars about what I deem to be a really private household problem that I’ve but to answer formally.
“Consequently, I’m restricted in what I can say, however I’ve at all times been eager to answer such points immediately and brazenly. Therefore, it is crucial that I state for the general public document that I’m very pleased with my cadet, Royal Navy and police service.
“Having been made conscious of this grievance, which has a personal household affect upon me personally, I instantly took recommendation final week concerning the protocol and have modified the aspect of my chest on which these medals are worn.
“I stay up for offering the IOPC with a fulsome response on the earliest alternative and I absolutely recognize that they’ve a job to do.”
Mr Adderley, who’s reported to have been aged 15 through the Falklands Conflict, has been pictured sporting the South Atlantic Medal at quite a few occasions, together with an awards ceremony hosted by his pressure in December final yr.