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

Officer gross misconduct hearing – case withdrawn

A gross misconduct hearing that had been due to start tomorrow (Tuesday 14 February) has been cancelled.

As a result of new evidence, the case against the officer has been reviewed and subsequently withdrawn. There are no gross misconduct proceedings pending.

Gross misconduct hearing update - 8 police officers

A gross misconduct hearing for eight officers has been adjourned until a later date.

The proceedings started on Monday 16 January and were adjourned on Friday 20 January.

A further notice will be published on this website once a date has been set for when the case will resume.

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
9th February 2017 Gross misconduct hearing outcome A Leicestershire Special Police Constable has been dismissed from the Force following a gross misconduct hearing. A public hearing for Matthew Hartshorn was held today (Thursday 9 February) regarding allegations that, between 14 April 2015 and 11 June 2016, he completed and submitted expense claims for mileage (totalling £23.35) which he either knew were untrue or was not entitled to make. The hearing chair determined he had breached professional standards of behaviour and he was dismissed from his role with Leicestershire Police 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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