Northamptonshire Police Chief Constable Nick Adderley Dismissed Over Lies and Fake War Medal

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Northamptonshire Police Chief Constable Nick Adderley Dismissed Over Lies and Fake War Medal

Nick Adderley, the Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police, has been dismissed without notice and placed on the police barred list following an investigation into his conduct. The misconduct panel found that he had committed gross misconduct by lying about his naval career and wearing a fake war medal.

Northamptonshire Police Chief Constable Nick Adderley Dismissed Over Lies And Fake War Medal

The Allegations

Mr. Adderley was suspended after allegations surfaced that he had exaggerated his naval rank, length of service, and achievements when applying for his role. Notably, he claimed to have served in the Royal Navy for ten years, but in reality, he had only served for two. He also included his service with the Sea Cadets from the age of ten in his calculations. Furthermore, he falsely claimed to have attended the prestigious Britannia Royal Naval College for four years, despite his application being rejected. His audacity in lying over many years was described as “quite staggering” by the chair of the misconduct panel, Callum Cowx, who himself served in the Royal Navy, the Army, and the police.

The Fake Falklands War Medal

Perhaps the most egregious deception was Mr. Adderley’s wearing of a Falklands War medal, implying that he had served in the war. However, he was just fifteen years old when the Falklands War broke out in 1982. A Ministry of Defence medal expert confirmed that the medal was “110% fake.” The panel found all allegations against Mr. Adderley proven, emphasising his “arrogant temerity” in perpetuating these lies.

Apology and Regret

In a statement read out during the misconduct hearing, Mr. Adderley expressed deep regret for his actions. He apologised to police officers, acknowledging their support and kindness. He stated, “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.”

Next Steps

Mr. Adderley now has ten days to appeal the decision. Previously, he denied misconduct and acting without integrity but admitted breaching standards. His barrister had recently called for the misconduct panel to disqualify itself, accusing the panel chair, Mr. Cowx, of having a “closed mind” regarding Mr. Adderley’s honesty.

Police, Fire, and Crime Commissioner Danielle Stone responded to the panel’s decision, acknowledging that this case has put Northamptonshire Police in an unfavourable spotlight. She emphasised the need to restore a reputation for honesty and integrity within the force.

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