Police chief suspended over allegations of inappropriate behaviour
Nick Gargan, chief constable of Avon and Somerset police, stood down and under investigation after at least two complaints.
A police chief has been suspended and placed under investigation over “serious” allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards female staff and officers in his force.
Nick Gargan, chief constable of Avon and Somerset police, is restricted from entering his police headquarters after he was suspended by the force’s police and crime commissioner, Sue Mountstevens.
At least two female whistleblowers have complained about Gargan’s conduct, a spokesperson for the commissioner said.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is to look into the claims and will examine whether Gargan’s conduct amounts to an abuse of power. The women were either officers or staff at the West Country force.
Gargan is seen as one of the more able chief constables and was the national lead for policing on finance issues, crucial at a time of budget cuts.