Chief constable dismissed and barred from policing

Chief constable found guilty of gross misconduct

8 minutes agoBBCNick Adderley has been found guilty of gross misconduct

The chief constable of Northamptonshire Police has been found guilty of gross misconduct.

Nick Adderley faced allegations he had lied about reaching the rank of lieutenant in the military and that he was a military negotiator in Haiti in the 1980s.

A three-person panel upheld all the allegations against him following a five-day gross misconduct hearing.

He has been suspended on full pay since last October and will learn later whether he will be dismissed from his role.

Mr Adderley faced a disciplinary after claims emerged that he wore medals he was not entitled to display

The allegations came to light when doubt was cast over the Falklands War medal that Mr Adderley had worn on his uniform since 2009, despite only being 15 at the time of the conflict.

He denied gross misconduct and that he acted “without honesty and integrity”.

In his closing statement on the penultimate day of the hearing, John Beggs KC set out his case against Mr Adderley.

Mr Beggs, representing the Northamptonshire Police Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC), said the chief constable had lied about reaching the rank of lieutenant in the military and that he was a military negotiator in Haiti in the 1980s.

Mr Beggs told the panel the South Atlantic Medal, which Mr Adderley claimed was gifted from his older brother, was “bogus” and was not applied for until October 2023.

Pete HigginsMr Adderley was photographed (bottom right) whilst training with the Royal Navy in 1984

As gross misconduct has been proven, there are three possible sanctions set out for Mr Adderley.

These could include a final written warning, a reduction in rank or a dismissal without notice, with the additional consequence of being included on the barred list.

Mr Adderley did not attend the hearing.

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