Former MK Local Police Commander dismissed for gross misconduct

    The former Milton Keynes Local Police Area Commander Gez Chiariello has been dismissed without notice from Thames Valley Police for gross misconduct following a special case hearing earlier.

    The hearing was held at Thames Valley Police Headquarters South in Kidlington and chaired by the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood.

    It was heard that Supt Chiariello breached a number of Standards of Professional Behaviour under Police Conduct Regulations.

    The breaches against him included failing to abide by a Lawful Order, failing to act with the integrity expected and lying during the course of his interview and behaving in a manner likely to bring discredit on the police service and/or undermine public confidence in it.

    Commenting on the news, Thames Valley Police Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell said: “We expect the highest professional standards from all of our officers and today it was proven that Supt Chiariello had breached a number of these standards.”

    Chiariello was served with a notice at the end of September 2016 that misconduct allegations had been made against him which included allegations relating to members of public.

    There were to be a number of witnesses including an unnamed woman. 

    Chiariello was given a Lawful Order in February of this year not to contact a number of individuals including the unnamed woman, either directly or through a third party.

    The order included contact electronically or via social media.

    The hearing then heard that Chiariello had sent both text messages and WhatsApp messages encouraging and supporting a third party in making contact with the unnamed woman's employer.

    Chiariello was interviewed in September 2017 and denied allegations that he had encouraged and supported a third party in making contact with Witness A’s employer Company B.

    He has now been dismissed without notice.

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