Suspended Chief Constable Nick Gargan
Ex Chief Constable Nick Gargan

A former police chief constable who resigned over charges of misconduct has been appointed as a director for security company G4S.

Nick Gargan, who held the top job with Avon and Somerset Constabulary, was found guilty of eight charges, including accusations of making inappropriate advances to female colleagues, leaking internal emails and using his work phone to send, receive and store intimate images.

Following a policing career of almost 30 years, he has now been awarded a four-month role as programme director in public services with G4S.

Victoria Woodison, the private firm’s regional human resources director in the UK and Ireland, said: “We are focused on providing the most technically advanced, flexible and efficient services in criminal justice settings and Nick Gargan’s insight and experience will help us support police forces to meet the complex and dynamic challenges they face.”

Mr Gargan gave up his £150,000-a-year position with the police force earlier this year after receiving eight final written warnings following an investigation, which Tory MPs branded a “trial by media and smear”.

Mr Gargan said he was keen to continue contributing to security services for the public.

He said: “Like many people who leave the police service, I have some years left before reaching retirement and I want to continue to make use of my experience and skills.

“Public services face complex challenges and after taking the decision to resign after 27 years in policing, I am pleased to be able to continue to play a part in working to improve service delivery to the public while securing efficiencies for taxpayers.”