Avon and Somerset Police chief Nick Gargan in data protection probe

Chief Constable Nick Gargan Nick Gargan began as chief constable in March 2013

Related Stories

A chief constable being investigated for gross misconduct will also be interviewed on suspicion of data protection offences.

Avon and Somerset chief Nick Gargan was suspended over allegations he made inappropriate advances to female staff.

The police watchdog said he may have breached the Data Protection Act by sending emails with personal data to individuals unconnected to the force.

Mr Gargan, who denies the charges, is due to be interviewed soon.

Rachel Cerfontyne, of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), said: "Mr Gargan has now been served with a notice informing him that this aspect of his conduct is subject to a criminal investigation."

Investigators have "examined a large amount of computer and telephone data" during the probe, with 50 members of staff from the force providing "information and intelligence", said the IPCC.

Speaking on behalf of Mr Gargan, a spokesman for the Chief Police Officers' Staff Association said Mr Gargan would "continue to cooperate" with the investigation.

"Chief Constable Gargan is pleased that progress has been made in relation to the allegation concerning inappropriate behaviour and that this allegation is no longer being treated as a criminal matter," the statement continued.

"He is keen to return to work and hopes that the investigation can be progressed expediently."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More England stories



  • A painting of the White House on fire by Tom FreemanFinders keepers

    The odd objects looted by the British from Washington in 1814

  • Chris and Regina Catrambone with their daughter Maria LuisaSOS

    The millionaires who rescue people at sea

  • Plane7 days quiz

    What unusual offence got a Frenchman thrown off a plane?

  • Children testing a bridge at a model-making summer school in Crawley, West SussexSeeding science Watch

    The retired professor who turned village children into engineers

  • Krouwa Erick, the doctor in Sipilou town at the border of Ivory Coast and Guinea - 27 August 2014Bad trip

    The Ebola journey no-one in Ivory Coast wants to take

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.