A TOP officer at the Civil Nuclear Constabulary faces the sack, after it was alleged he wore medals at a Cumbria police event to falsely imply he had served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Superintendent Glenn McAleavey is a firearms officer with the force, and has been suspended due to allegations of gross misconduct.

He is accused of wearing medal ribbons representing military service in Iraq and Afghanistan during an award ceremony hosted by the Chief Constable of Cumbria police on April 4, 2012.

Prior to joining the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, Supt McAleavey had served with the Royal Marines. However he did not serve in those countries.

It is alleged he wore the medal ribbons on the left chest pocket of his tunic, knowing that he was not entitled to do so and to give the false impression he had been awarded those medals and served in those campaigns while a member of the military.

If found to be true, the allegations would mean Supt McAleavey has breached the standards of professional behaviour in respect of honesty and integrity and also that his conduct was discreditable.

This means his conduct would be likely to bring discredit upon and undermine the public confidence in the police service.

Supt McAleavey was due to undergo a misconduct hearing last Thursday.

However the hearing has been postponed.

A spokesman for the Civil Nuclear Constabulary said: “We can confirm that a senior officer has been suspended for allegations of gross misconduct.

“A misconduct hearing will be held in due course.

“As this is an ongoing matter it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this stage.”