ACC faces sack for revealing questions before job interview

A chief officer is set to face a misconduct hearing after allegedly attempting to assist an officer in an interview for a promotion.

Sep 19, 2017

A chief officer is set to face a misconduct hearing after allegedly attempting to assist an officer in an interview for a promotion. Assistant Chief Constable Naveed Malik, of Cambridgeshire Constabulary, has been accused of instructing a police staff member to inform an officer – referred to as Police Officer A – of “the topics for the interview process” for a Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire tri-force chief inspector role. A force document released ahead of the misconduct hearing claims Mr Malik’s actions amount to gross misconduct. The assistant chief constable, who was chair of the interview panel, met with the panel members on the morning of February 22 – when the interviews took place – and agreed to change the wording of a question. It is alleged that he instructed a police staff member to call Police Office A to inform them of the four areas they needed to concentrate for the interview. The candidate declined to receive the information, indicating that it “did not seem right”. The caller agreed. n He then reported the matter after allegedly telling the staff member they “didn’t want to listen” and wanted to be promoted “on merit”. The promotion process was terminated the following day, and Mr Malik allegedly failed to report his conduct. Prior to the promotion process, Mr Malik had provided “informal mentoring” to Police Officer A, according to the force. The hearing is due to start next Monday (September 25).

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