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
20/11/18 PC Russell Hawkins faced allegations that he broke the standards of professional behaviour, namely; honesty and integrity; authority, respect and courtesy; and discreditable conduct.

PC Russell Hawkins was found to have breached authority, respect and courtesy and discreditable conduct.
PC Russell Hawkins has been given a final written warning after being found to have breached the standards of professional behaviour at a gross misconduct hearing.
06/12/18 PC Andrew Starbuck appeared before the hearing, which lasted three days, to answer allegations that he breached the standards of professional behaviour, namely: honesty and integrity; orders and instruction; confidentiality and discreditable conduct.

It was found that PC Starbuck’s actions of accessing data on police systems for non-policing purposes breached the following standards of professional behaviour: orders and instruction; confidentiality, discreditable conduct and honesty and integrity. It was noted that in respect of honesty and integrity PC Starbuck was not dishonest but his actions did lack integrity.
PC Andrew Starbuck was dismissed without notice following the gross misconduct hearing.
11/12/18 It is alleged that Darren Lewis breached standards of professional behaviour namely honesty and integrity; orders and instructions; discreditable conduct and confidentiality.

The breaches are alleged to have taken place between March 2014 and February 2018, when employed by Leicestershire Police.
He was found to have breached the above behaviours, and if he had been still employed by the force, would have been dismissed without notice.

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 meant 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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