File referred to CPS over Northamptonshire Police chief constable allegations

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has referred a file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) after completing its criminal investigation into allegations that the chief constable of Northamptonshire Police, Nick Adderley, misrepresented his military service.

Apr 11, 2024
By Paul Jacques
Nick Adderley

Allegations that Mr Adderley misrepresented his military service by wearing a medal awarded to Falklands war veterans were made to the Office of Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) in July last year.

Mr Adderley was suspended on October 16 while the independent investigation into allegations about his conduct took place.

IOPC Regional Director Emily Barry said: “Following careful investigation, we have now submitted an evidential report to the CPS. It will be for the CPS to consider whether to bring any criminal charge.

“A referral to the CPS is made when the IOPC investigation indicates that a criminal offence may have been committed. It does not mean that criminal charges will necessarily follow. The CPS will decide whether charges should be brought, based on the test set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors.”

In January, the IOPC sent a report to Northamptonshire’s PFCC along with its recommendation that the chief constable should face an accelerated gross misconduct hearing.

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