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

There are no public misconduct hearings planned at the moment. Details of future misconduct hearings will be published at least 5 days before the hearing.

Private hearings

There are no private misconduct hearings planned at the moment. Details of future misconduct hearings will be published at least 5 days before the hearing.

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 of misconduct hearing
13th September 2017 Authority, respect and courtesy
Equality and diversity
Discreditable conduct
Challenging and reporting improper conduct
Four police officers have been dismissed from the force, and a further four given a final written warning, following a misconduct hearing. The eight officers all appeared before a panel last week where they answered allegations relating to offensive or discriminatory phone messages that were exchanged between the group in 2013 and 2014. The panel, which was overseen by an independent, legally qualified chair, determined the actions of four of the officers amounted to gross misconduct and they were dismissed without notice. The panel also concluded that the actions of a further four officers amounted to misconduct and they were all given a final written warning. All officers in the case have been granted anonymity by the independent, legally qualified chair.
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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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