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Statement from PCC Sue Mountstevens following House of Commons adjournment debate

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Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: "I continue to be frustrated at the expense and length of time this process has taken. I started the process to require Chief Constable Nick Gargan to resign following concerns from all levels of the police service that he had lost their confidence after being found guilty of eight counts of misconduct.

"I then consulted with Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary Sir Thomas Winsor who carefully considered all the evidence and supported my decision to initiate the process requiring the Chief Constable to resign. In his view a Chief Constable without the confidence of his officers and staff risked the efficiency and effective running of the constabulary.

"In his reply Sir Thomas stated that I was put in an invidious position and in his view the approach I have taken is appropriate in these circumstances. At every stage I have followed the highly regulated process set by Parliament and MPs and I have acted in the best interests of the Constabulary and residents.

"I strongly support the comments made by Temporary Chief Constable Gareth Morgan following the House of Commons adjournment debate. I feel it is very unfortunate that individual officers and staff were wrongly identified as part of the debate in Parliament and I am extremely concerned about the welfare of staff who have been unnecessarily drawn into this.

"The continued allegations being made by Ian Liddell-Grainger MP are completely inappropriate and incorrect. I am very disappointed that having been told that this is the case, Mr Liddell-Grainger is choosing not to retract his comments."

Posted on Tuesday 3rd November 2015
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