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Northamptonshire Police in ‘spotlight for wrong reasons’ after lying chief constable ‘dismissed’

by LLB staff reporter
21st Jun 24 11:45 am

Suspended Northamptonshire chief constable Nick Adderley who lied about having served in the Falklands War has been found guilty of gross misconduct.

The Walter Mitty has been dismissed without notice on Friday for lying over many years with “arrogant temerity.”

The lying chief constable was dismisses from Nottinghamshire Police and placed on the barred list by the panel chaired by Callum Cowx.

The panel said Adderley “sustained brazen dishonesty and sustained lack of integrity will cause lasting harm to the police service,” he has 10 days to appeal.

Cowz said, “Mr Adderley has a genuinely fascinating success story to tell. He joined the Royal Navy as a rating, a career was not for him.

“He found his vocation in policing and rose from able seaman to chief constable and that’s an amazing achievement worth telling, but something in Nick Adderley told him that wasn’t enough.”

Walter Mitty police chief guilty of gross misconduct over lying he served in Falklands War

In a statement Adderley read out at the hearing, he said, “I had the privilege of serving communities in Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Staffordshire and Northamptonshire and it has been the greatest honour of my life to lead the brave men and women in those forces.

“For over three decades I have witnessed first hand the dedication they apply and their unswerving bravery. The pride I have in those I have led has no bounds and I will be forever grateful to them for the difference they have made to the lives of so many.

“Thank you for your support, kindness and inspiring me to push on and be a better leader and colleague. I offer a heartfelt apology.

“Today’s determination showed I have failed you, something I deeply regret. I regret I will no longer be part of your future.

“Please be under no illusion I will be there cheering you on from the sidelines.”

In a statement, the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner 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 and his team have done a fantastic job in leading the force through a period of uncertainty and I will work with them to engage with communities and build public confidence and trust in their police.”

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