A senior police officer who led major investigations into organized crime and drug operations in the county has been sacked for serious misconduct. Nikki Holland, director of investigations at the National Crime Agency, was sacked with immediate effect following a misconduct hearing on Thursday night.

Miss Holland is a former Deputy Chief Constable of South Wales Police, where she was responsible for specialist crime, including the Joint Forensic Unit and the Intelligence and Major Crime Unit, and was Deputy Chief Constable of Tariana Regional Police, Wales South Wales Regional Terrorism and Organized Crime Squad. You can read about South Wales Police’s high-tech science unit and some of the high-profile cases it has helped solve here. In 2016, Miss Holland joined Merseyside Police, where she began her policing career as a teenager, before joining the National Crime Agency (NCA).

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The Liverpool Echo reports that Holland and his junior colleague were suspended in March 2022 over allegations of bullying, misappropriation of public funds and data protection breaches. Following a hearing on Thursday, the NCA confirmed that allegations of “serious information security breaches” against Holland were upheld.

The NCA said: “Following a hearing concluded this afternoon, former Director of Investigations Nikki Holland was found guilty of serious misconduct. The charges against him were related to serious breaches of information security. Following the commission’s findings, she was dismissed from her position with immediate effect. “While the commission found no malicious intent in the misconduct, the NCA expects the highest standards of conduct from all our officers.”

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