Sacked Police Chief Lied About His Rank, Service Duration, and Achievements in the Navy for a Job

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It’s been discovered that a sacked police chief lied about his Navy career, including his tenure and achievements, on his CV. Chief police constable Nick Adderley has been dismissed from Northamptonshire Police for gross misconduct after mispresenting and exaggerating his military service.

Read on to find out more about what exactly happened with the sacked police chief and the potential legal consequences of such dishonesty.

What Exactly Happened?

Allegations Against the Sacked Police Chief Leading to Gross Misconduct

Nick Adderley joined Northamptonshire Police as a chief police constable in 2018. Last year, allegations were made against Mr Adderley by a member of the public, namely that he had been displaying military medals to which he was not entitled.

In October 2023, the Northamptonshire police constable was suspended on full pay of £176,550 per year whilst an investigation into the claims was conducted by the Independent Office for Police Conduct. A gross misconduct hearing took place over five days last month, chaired by Callum Cowx.

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It was found that Nick Adderley had lied on his CV and application form when applying for the position of Northamptonshire police constable. He had stated that he had:

  1. Been in the Royal Navy for ten years rather than two,
  2. Attended the Britania Royal Naval College when his application had in fact been rejected; and,
  3. Acted as a military negotiator in Haiti when he had never been there.

Mr Adderley initially released a statement confirming that the medals he wore belonged to his brothers, one having become critically ill, and the other having emigrated. However, the South Atlantic medal (Falklands Medal) was found by a medal expert in the Ministry of Defence to be “110% fake”.

Northamptonshire Police ultimately sacked the police chief for gross misconduct, and he has been placed on the police barred list.

Sacked Police Chief Apologises For ‘Stolen Valour’

The panel found all allegations against the sacked police chief to be proven, stating that these constituted breaches of honesty and integrity and discreditable conduct. They considered Mr Adderley’s “audacity to be quite staggering” that would negatively impact the police services.

Furthermore, Mr Cowx said, “By wearing medals he was not entitled to wear, he stole their richly deserved valour and recognition, and his explanation was risible.” The police, fire and crime commissioner for Northamptonshire, Danielle Stone, has also expressed disappointment that the sacked police chief’s lies were not identified beforehand.

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She adds that it puts the Northamptonshire police in the spotlight for the wrong reasons and they now need to  “set out how to restore a reputation for honesty and integrity, which are fundamental values.”. A Falklands Medal veteran has even told the BBC how Nick Adderley’s actions are despicable as he calls for a change in the law. Military medals should not be worn by someone “trying to make a quick buck”, he says.

Despite having been directed to do so by Mr Cowx, Nick Adderley failed to attend the hearing last month. The sacked police chief provided a statement containing a remorseful apology. The apology says, “Today’s determination showed I have failed you, something I deeply regret. I regret I will no longer be part of your future.”

A file of evidence on the former Northamptonshire police constable was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service in April 2024. This is currently under consideration, and it is not yet known whether criminal proceedings against the sacked police chief will follow.

Could I Be Fired for Lying on My CV?

There are a number of potential legal consequences to employees being dishonest about their credentials. To begin with, it is illegal according to The Fraud Act 2006 which says false representations could get you a 10-year sentence. So, if you have lied and exaggerated for a job like the sacked police chief, you can get fired.

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If not being fired, such employees may face disciplinary action by their employer at the very least. From there, their conduct may constitute gross misconduct which is likely to lead to summary dismissal. If the employer incurs monetary loss because of the dishonesty, they may bring a breach of contract claim against the employee to recover such loss.

Moreover, in certain regulated professions, both employee and employer may be subject to regulatory action by the relevant regulator. Given that dishonesty of this nature constitutes fraud, there may also be criminal proceedings brought against the employee for which imprisonment may result.

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