Public misconduct disciplinary hearings

Misconduct hearings can be held in Public or private; this is determined by the Chair person in charge of the hearing. Details of future misconduct hearings will be published at least 5 working days before the hearing.

Public hearings

Eight police constables are due to appear before a gross misconduct hearing.

It has been determined that proceedings will be held in public and are due to start on Monday 16 January. The case is expected to be heard over five days.

The officers will answer allegations relating to offensive or discriminatory messages that were exchanged within a private phone messaging group in 2013 and 2014.

The professional standards of behaviour they are alleged to have breached, in part or in full, are:

The hearing will take place at the National Training Centre in Gilmour Close, Beaumont Leys, starting at 9.30am.

To register your intention to attend the hearing, please fill out the online application form.

Attending a public hearing

In respect of forthcoming hearings a public notice will be accessible from this site. The notice provides information about the hearing including how to apply to attend. It also gives details of any exclusions or attendance conditions which have been set by the person who is to chair the hearing. It is anticipated that the following conditions will always apply.

Venues will have limited capacity and as such entry will be on a 'first come first served basis'.

Members of the public are required to be in possession of valid photographic identification upon arrival and produce it upon request. Failure to do so will lead to entry being declined.

The use of filming, photographic or recording equipment will not permitted during the hearing, neither will be the use of other mobile devices.

Members of the public attending the hearing do so at their own expense.

Any person whose behaviour is deemed likely to disrupt proceeding may be excluded.

Other restrictions may apply at the discretion of the person chairing or conducting the misconduct hearing.

To attend a public hearing, please complete the online application form.

Misconduct hearing outcomes (cases of gross misconduct and misconduct)

Date Breach of standards Outcome
22/12/2016 A Leicestershire Special Police Constable (SPC) has been dismissed from the force following a gross misconduct hearing. On Thursday 22 December a hearing for the SPC was held in private and found that he had breached professional standards of behaviour in that:
  • While off-duty he was recorded on camera using derogatory, abusive and racially offensive language about a third party
  • He then asked for the recording to be deleted after being told the third party was due to meet police
Dismissed with immediate effect.
11/08/2016 On Thursday 11 August a gross misconduct hearing for SPC Adam Fisher was held at police headquarters.

The panel determined that he had breached professional standards of behaviour in that while off-duty on 14 April 2016 he was involved in an incident of public disorder.

Dismissed with immediate effect.
03/08/2016 On Wednesday 3 August a gross misconduct hearing for PC Neville Thompson was held at police headquarters. The panel determined that he had breached professional standards of behaviour in that:

  • On 25 March 2016, after responding to a call for service, he stole property from a premises in Leicester
  • On 4 July 2016 he was convicted of burglary at Leicester Crown Court and sentenced to an immediate term of imprisonment
Dismissed with immediate effect.
06/06/2016 A Leicestershire Police Officer has been dismissed from the force following a special case hearing.

The hearing was held at police headquarters on Monday 6 June 2016 where allegations of gross misconduct regarding Ryan Freestone were heard.

The panel chair found that, having admitted and being convicted of committing five non-recent sexual offences, Mr Freestone had breached professional standards of behaviour.

The former officer was dismissed with immediate effect
11/05/2016 On Tuesday 10 May PC Carl Mouncher appeared before a gross misconduct hearing which concluded on Wednesday 11 May.

The panel determined that he had breached professional standards of behaviour, between September 2013 and April 2015, as he had:

  • He failed to adequately conduct an investigation
  • He failed to keep adequate records of enquiries made, and made entries on a crime report which he did not believe to be true
  • He submitted reports about this matter to other officers which he did not believe to be true
Dismissed with immediate effect
01/02/2016 A Temporary Detective Inspector from Leicestershire Police has been dismissed from the force following special case hearing yesterday (Tuesday 1 March).

The hearing was held in private and found that he had breached professional standards by failing to report an association with a person convicted of an offence; failing to report information that an associate was committing criminal offences; provided false information on a vetting application; purchased, had possession of, and tested positive for, class C drugs (namely steroids).
Dismissed with immediate effect

Background information

On the 1st May 2015 the Police Conduct Regulations 2015 (PDF) came into effect aimed at making police misconduct hearings more open and transparent.

Police misconduct hearings along with special case hearings will now be held in public subject to the discretion of the person chairing or conducting the hearing. This also means that any member of the public or press wishing to attend proceedings may do so but they will be asked to provide prior notice of their attendance.

The hearing will be conducted by a panel of three people; this currently consists of a senior officer of Assistant Chief Constable rank who is appointed to Chair the hearing. The Chair will be assisted by a police officer of Superintendent rank along with an independent lay person not connected to the organisation.

On the 1st January 2016 changes in the above regulations will mean that Assistant Chief Constable ranked officers will be replaced by independent and legally qualified professionals again leading to the disciplinary process being more transparent.

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