Superintendent Sarah JacksonCredit:Greater Manchester Police “In this context I foolishly became drunk and as a result behaved in a way that is entirely at odds with the way I conduct myself on a daily basis and with the person and senior leader that I want to be.”Ms Sutcliffe’s counsel, John Beggs QC, had earlier handed the panel more than 200 pages of testimonials with many officers speaking of Ms Sutcliffe as “inspirational”, “visionary” and “a strong leader”.One unnamed female detective chief inspector at GMP said she is “a role model to many women in the organisation”.Mr Beggs said she remained a role model, with “human frailties”, who would “emerge as an even impressive senior leader” if allowed to.Ms Sutcliffe admitted misconduct in failing to treat Ms Jackson with respect or courtesy and that she abused her position and authority.She also acknowledged that her actions discredited the police service. However, she had denied it amounted to gross misconduct. Assistant Chief Constable Rebekah Sutcliffe arriving at Manchester Police Headquarters on MondayCredit:Andrew McCaren/LNP Following a misconduct hearing late last year, a disciplinary panel ruled that she had breached standards of professional behaviour.But GMP Deputy Chief Constable Ian Pilling ruled on Monday that she could keep her job.Announcing his decision at the force’s HQ to follow the panel’s recommendation, he said: “Despite being absolutely appalled at her behaviour and all too aware of the damage to public confidence I do not think I can take a different view without any significant reason to do so.”The panel had stated her gross misconduct had taken her to “the very precipice of dismissal”, but accepted it was out of character and recommended a final written warning would suffice.Ms Sutcliffe, who was the most senior female GMP officer at the time, verbally attacked her younger colleague following a gala dinner at the national Senior Women in Policing Conference last May. Assistant Chief Constable Rebekah Sutcliffe was at the time the most senior female Greater Manchester Police officerCredit:Manchester Evening News The haranguing in the early hours of May 6 at Manchester’s Hilton Hotel concluded when Ms Sutcliffe told her colleague she was no longer going to support a further promotion for her.Ms Jackson, who was appointed by Ms Sutcliffe as a temporary superintendent in a secondment role, later said she was “shocked, mortified, embarrassed and ashamed” at the comments made by her superior.She added that she had suffered “great anxiety from the night itself and since”.In a statement read out to reporters, Ms Sutcliffe repeated her apologies to Ms Jackson, Chief Constable Ian Hopkins and her GMP colleagues.She said: “I deeply regret what happened and the impact it has had upon these people. I continue to feel very ashamed that I behaved in this way. I would also like to apologise now to the public for the unpleasant nature of the incident and for the fact that I have let them down.”The responsibility for what happened is mine and mine alone. At the time of the incident, I was under significant personal and professional pressure. A police chief has escaped the sack from her £109,000-a-year job after she bared her breast in a drunken tirade at a junior colleague.Assistant Chief Constable Rebekah Sutcliffe, of Greater Manchester Police (GMP), told Superintendent Sarah Jackson that her “credibility was zero” after she had a “boob job” and berated her as a “laughing stock” who would be judged professionally “on the size of her t–s”.The 47-year-old then went on to pull down the front of her dress to expose her left breast and say: “Look at these, look at these, these are the breasts of someone who has had three children.”They are ugly but I don’t feel the need to pump myself full of silicone to get self-esteem.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.