Ex-Police chief Phil Gormley '˜handed new role' after misconduct claims

The former chief constable of Police Scotland, who resigned earlier this year in the wake of a series of misconduct allegations against him, is to be given a new role, according to a report.

Monday, 15th October 2018, 9:08 am
Updated Monday, 15th October 2018, 9:12 am
Phil Gormley tendered his resignation in February amid ongoing investigations. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Phil Gormley, who tendered his resignation in February amid ongoing investigations into the claims of gross misconduct, will be announced as inspector of constabulary for England and Wales, the BBC said.

He denied any wrongdoing, and resigned after saying it would have been “impossible for me to resume my duties in a meaningful way prior to the end of my contract”.

The role will see Mr Gormley assess and report on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces and will start on October 22, the broadcaster said.

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The work will involve inspecting 12 forces in the north of England, according to the BBC.

Mr Gormley, formerly chief constable of Norfolk Constabulary, was investigated by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) over allegations of bullying.

The conduct, which was the subject of one of the allegations, would - if proved - amount to “gross misconduct”, the commissioner said.

The Pirc said all misconduct investigations regarding Mr Gormley were closed following his resignation.